Quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche

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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 August 25, 1900) was a German philosopher, whose critiques of contemporary culture, religion, and philosophy centered around a basic question regarding the foundation of values and morality. Beyond the unique themes dealt with in his works, Nietzsche's powerful style and subtle approach are distinguishing features of his writings. Although largely overlooked during his short working life, which ended with a mental collapse at the age of 44, and frequently misunderstood and misrepresented thereafter, Nietzsche received recognition during the second half of the 20th century as a highly significant figure in modern philosophy. His influence was particularly noted by many existentialist and postmodern philosophers. more

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It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.

Faith means not wanting to know what is true.
Women are considered deep -- why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow.
Madness is something rare in individuals -- but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule.
Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species.
We operate with nothing but things which do not exist, with lines, planes, bodies, atoms, divisible time, divisible space -- how should explanation even be possible when we first make everything into an image, into our own image!
The doctrine of equality! There exists no more poisonous poison: for it seems to be preached by justice itself, while it is the end of justice.
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.
For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.
Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.
We would not let ourselves be burned to death for our opinions: we are not sure enough of them for that. But perhaps for the right to have our opinions and to change them.
Everything in woman hath a solution. It is called pregnancy.
Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.
We find nothing easier than being wise, patient, superior. We drip with the oil of forbearance and sympathy, we are absurdly just, we forgive everything. For that very reason we ought to discipline ourselves a little; for that very reason we ought to cultivate a little emotion, a little emotional vice, from time to time. It may be hard for us; and among ourselves we may perhaps laugh at the appearance we thus present. But what of that! We no longer have any other mode of self-overcoming available to us: this is our asceticism, our penance.
These people abstain, it is true: but the bitch Sensuality glares enviously out of all they do.
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.
The more abstract the truth you want to teach, the more thoroughly you must seduce the senses to accept it.
I love those who do not know how to live for today.
Mathematics would certainly have not come into existence if one had known from the beginning that there was in nature no exactly straight line, no actual circle, no absolute magnitude.
Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
Only sick music makes money today.
Necessity is not an established fact, but rather an interpretation.
Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.
Every philosophy is the philosophy of some stage of life.
So long as you are praised think only that you are not yet on your own path but on that of another.
Idleness is the parent of psychology.
What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering.
When one does away with oneself one does the most estimable thing possible: one thereby almost deserves to live.
He who laughs best today, will also laugh last.
I teach you the Superman. Man is something that should be overcome.
The kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart --not something that comes upon the earth or after death.
The invalid is a parasite on society. In a certain state it is indecent to go on living. To vegetate on in cowardly dependence on physicians and medicaments after the meaning of life, the right to life, has been lost ought to entail the profound contempt of society.
Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.
Beggars should be entirely abolished! Truly, it is annoying to give to them and annoying not to give to them.
The architect represents neither a Dionysian nor an Apollinian condition: here it is the mighty act of will, the will which moves mountains, the intoxication of the strong will, which demands artistic expression. The most powerful men have always inspired the architects; the architect has always been influenced by power.
We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
If a woman possesses manly virtues one should run away from her; and if she does not possess them she runs away from herself.
At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
Mystical explanations are considered deep. The truth is that they are not even superficial.
Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good.
When we talk in company we lose our unique tone of voice, and this leads us to make statements which is no way correspond to our real thoughts.
If you believed more in life you would fling yourself less to the moment.
The spiritualization of sensuality is called love: it is a great triumph over Christianity.
Altered opinions do not alter a man's character (or do so very little); but they do illuminate individual aspects of the constellation of his personality which with a different constellation of opinions had hitherto remained dark and unrecognizable.
Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell.
Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated.
He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser.
The great man fights the elements in his time that hinder his own greatness, in other words his own freedom and sincerity.
No man lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
The significance of language for the evolution of culture lies in this, that mankind set up in language a separate world beside the other world, a place it took to be so firmly set that, standing upon it, it could lift the rest of the world off its hinges and make itself master of it. To the extent that man has for long ages believed in the concepts and names of things as in aeternae veritates he has appropriated to himself that pride by which he raised himself above the animal: he really thought that in language he possessed knowledge of the world.
Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.
One receives as reward for much ennui, despondency, boredom --such as a solitude without friends, books, duties, passions must bring with it --those quarter-hours of profoundest contemplation within oneself and nature. He who completely entrenches himself against boredom also entrenches himself against himself: he will never get to drink the strongest refreshing draught from his own innermost fountain.
Instinct. When the house burns one forgets even lunch. Yes, but one eats it later in the ashes.
A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.

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