Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

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1. “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

Tags : Inspirational Music Philosophy
Source : Twilight of the Idols

2. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

Tags : Paraphrased Strength

3. “A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”

Tags : Belief Delusions Faith Insanity

4. “Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.”

Tags : Atheism Belief Blind Faith Blindness Christian Faith Christian Miracle Critical Thinking Death Of Reason Doubt Doubt Is Sin Eternity Existence Human Nature Intoxication Meaning Metaphor Miracle Myth Nature Origin Philosophy Purpose Purpose Of Life Reason Reflection Resurrection Resurrection Of Jesus Sin Thinking Thoughts Wasted Life
Source : Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

5. “In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.”

Tags : Heaven Religion

6. “I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.”

Tags : Agama Agnosticism Prayer Religion

7. “A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.”

Tags : Possibility Profundity Thought

8. “One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.”

Tags : Emotions Heart Insanity Love Rationality Reason

9. “Virtue is under certain circumstances merely an honorable form of stupidity: who could be ill-disposed toward it on that account? And this kind of virtue has not been outlived even today. A kind of sturdy peasant simplicity, which, however, is possible in all classes and can be encountered only with respect and a smile, believes even today that everything is in good hands, namely in the "hands of God"; and when it maintains this proportion with the same modest certainty as it would that two and two make four, we others certainly refrain from contradicting. Why disturb THIS pure foolishness? Why darken it with our worries about man, people, goal, future? And even if we wanted to do it, we could not. They project their own honorable stupidity and goodness into the heart of things (the old God, deus myops, still lives among them!); we others — we read something else into the heart of things: our own enigmatic nature, our contradictions, our deeper, more painful, more mistrustful wisdom.”

Tags : Atheism Common Morality Nihilism People Simplicity Stupidity Zeitgeist
Source : The Will to Power

10. “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”

Tags : Corruption Individuality Peer Pressure Youth

11. “Man is the cruelest animal.”

Tags : Animals Cruelty Evil Man

12. “Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man?”

Tags : Atheism Organized Religion Paradox Religion

13. “Most people are far too much occupied with themselves to be malicious.”

Tags : Human Nature Malice People Selfishness
Source : Human, All Too Human

14. “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

Tags : Insanity Society

15. “The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.”

Tags : Enemies Friends Friendship Hatred Intelligence Knowledge Love Wisdom

16. “A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.”

Tags : Failure Intelligence Science Scientific Process Success Truth

17. “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

Tags : Exercise Intelligence Reflection Thinking Walking
Source : Twilight of the Idols

18. “My conception of freedom. — The value of a thing sometimes does not lie in that which one attains by it, but in what one pays for it — what it costs us. Liberal institutions cease to be liberal as soon as they are attained: later on, there are no worse and no more thorough injurers of freedom than liberal institutions.”

Tags : Concept Institution Institutions Philosopher
Source : Twilight of the Idols

19. “Deeds need time, even after they are done, in order to be seen or heard.”

Tags : Deed Effect Time
Source : The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs

20. “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

Tags : Corruption Dark Side Fighting Monsters Soul

21. “It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!”

Tags : Humor Philosophy

22. “What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more' ... Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: 'You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine.”

Tags : Demons Happiness Judgement Kronofobi Life Reincarnation Sadness
Source : The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs

23. “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”

Tags : Amorality Correct Way Individuality My Way Only Way Right Way The Way Your Way

24. “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

Tags : Individuality

25. “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

Tags : Dance Music

26. “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”

Tags : Dance Dancing Music

27. “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”

Tags : Past Philosophy

28. “To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities—I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not—that one endures.”

Tags : Endurance Friendship Inspirational Philosophy
Source : The Will to Power

29. “There is an innocence in admiration: it occurs in one who has not yet realized that they might one day be admired.”

Tags : Admiration Innocence

30. “Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.”

Tags : Admiration Appreciation Distraction Obstacles

31. “There is an old illusion. It is called good and evil.”

Tags : Evil Good Illusion

32. “But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthword, downword, into the dark, the deep - into evil.”

Tags : Evil Good Humanity Light Man Self Righteousness Zarathustra
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

33. “Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.”

Tags : Desire Love

34. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

Tags : Friendship Lack Of Friendship Lack Of Love Love Marriage Unhappy Marriage

35. “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”

Tags : Change Mind Nietzsche

36. “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

Tags : How Life Purpose Questioning Questions Why

37. “The pathetic thing that grows out of this condition is called faith: in other words, closing one's eyes upon one's self once for all, to avoid suffering the sight of incurable falsehood. People erect a concept of morality, of virtue, of holiness upon this false view of all things; they ground good conscience upon faulty vision; they argue that no other sort of vision has value any more, once they have made theirs sacrosanct with the names of "God," "salvation" and "eternity." I unearth this theological instinct in all directions: it is the most widespread and the most subterranean form of falsehood to be found on earth.”

Tags : Christian Faith
Source : The Anti-Christ

38. “You say you're a pessimist, but I happen to know that you're in the habit of practicing your flute for two hours every evening.”

Tags : Schopenhauer

39. “Not without deep pain do we admit to ourselves that the artists of all ages have in their highest flights carried to heavenly transfiguration precisely those conceptions that we now recognize as false: they are the glorifiers of the religious and philosophical errors of humanity, and they could not have done this without their belief in the absolute truth of these errors. Now if the belief in such truth generally diminishes, if the rainbow colors at the outermost ends of human knowing and imagining fade: then the species of art that, like the Divina commedia, Raphael's pictures, Michelangelo's frescoes, the Gothic cathedrals, presupposes not only a cosmic, but also a metaphysical significance for art objects can never blossom again. A touching tale will come of this, that there was once such an art, such belief by artists.”

Tags : Absolute Truth Art Art Theory Artist Artistry Culture Dante Michelangelo Raphael Renaissance
Source : Human, All Too Human

40. “One must be a sea, to receive a polluted stream without becoming impure.”

Tags : Nietzsche Pollution Purity
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

41. “Twofold misjudgement. - The misfortune suffered by clear-minded and easily understood writers is that they are taken for shallow and thus little effort is expended on reading them: and the good fortune that attends the obscure is that the reader toils at them and ascribes to them the pleasure he has in fact gained from his own zeal.”

Tags : Obscurity Writing
Source : Human, All Too Human

42. “Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity.”

Tags : Human Nature Obscurity People Profound

43. “It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right --especially when one is right.”

Tags : Life Lessons Nietzsche Noble Right Wrong

44. “love as a passion—it is our European specialty—must absolutely be of noble origin; as is well known, its invention is due to the Provencal poet-cavaliers, those brilliant, ingenious men of the "gai saber," to whom Europe owes so much, and almost owes itself.”

Tags : Love Noble Passion Philosophy Poet Knights Poetry Provencal
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

45. “We are noble, good, beautiful, and happy!”

Tags : Beautiful Good Happy Noble
Source : On the Genealogy of Morals

46. “On this perfect day, when everything is ripening and not only the grape turns brown, the eye of the sun just fell upon my life: I looked back, I looked forward, and never saw so many and such good things at once. It was not for nothing that I buried my forty-fourth year today; I had the right to bury it; whatever was life in it has been saved, is immortal. The first book of the Revaluation of All Values, the Songs of Zarathustra, the Twilight of the Idols, my attempt to philosophize with a hammer—all presents of this year, indeed of its last quarter! How could I fail to be grateful to my whole life?—and so I tell my life to myself.”

Tags : Life Affirmation Preface

47. “Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.”

Tags : Battle Of The Sexes Gender Stereotypes

48. “Like a last signpost to the other path, Napoleon appeared, the most isolated and late-born man there has even been, and in him the problem of the noble ideal as such made flesh--one might well ponder what kind of problem it is; Napoleon this synthesis of the inhuman and the superhuman”

Tags : Cruelty Greatness History Napoleon Ubermensch
Source : On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo

49. “If a man has a great deal to put in them, a day will have a hundred pockets.”

Tags : Days Pockets
Source : Human, All Too Human

50. “Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.”

Tags : Exploitation Poetry Poets

51. “Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?”

Tags : Boredom Life

52. “the voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls”

Tags : Awakened Beauty Gentle Voice

53. “Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?”

Tags : Dancing Inspirational

54. “For truth to tell, dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with pen- that one must learn how to write”

Tags : Curriculum Dancing Education Learning
Source : Twilight of the Idols

55. “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.”

Tags : Arrogance Inspirational Philosphy

56. “Thus I spoke, more and more softly; for I was afraid of my own thoughts and the thoughts behind my thoughts.”

Tags : Fear Speaking Thoughts Thus Spoke Zarathustra

57. “A moral system valid for all is basically immoral.”

Tags : Morality Morals

58. “Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.”

Tags : Beatitudes Bless Blessed Blunders Forget Forgetful Friedrich Memory Nietzsche

59. “None of the people have any real interest in a science, who only begin to be enthusiastic about it when they themselves have made discoveries in it.”

Tags : Art Discovery Enthusiasm Interest Passion Science
Source : Human, All Too Human

60. “To learn to see- to accustom the eye to calmness, to patience, and to allow things to come up to it; to defer judgment, and to acquire the habit of approaching and grasping an individual case from all sides. This is the first preparatory schooling of intellectuality. One must not respond immediately to a stimulus; one must acquire a command of the obstructing and isolating instincts.”

Tags : Calm Intellectualism Reactions Seeing Understanding
Source : Twilight of the Idols

61. “Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.”

Tags : Humour Men Slavery Slaves

62. “Well-meaning, helpful, good-natured attitudes of mind have not come to be honored on account of their usefulness, but because they are states of richer souls that are capable of bestowing and have their value in the feeling of the plenitude of life.”

Tags : Attitude Good Natured Helpful Life Plenitude Richness Souls Usefulness Value
Source : The Will to Power

63. “The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.”

Tags : Lies Lying Self Deception Vision Visionaries

64. “One has to know the size of one's stomach.”

Tags : Know Thyself
Source : Ecce Homo

65. “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”

Tags : Forgetfulness Forgetting Happiness Memory

66. “Without forgetting it is quite impossible to live at all.”

Tags : Forgetting Living
Source : On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life

67. “It was suffering and incapacity that created all afterworlds - this, and that brief madness of bliss which is experienced only by those who suffer deeply. Weariness that wants to reach the ultimate with one leap, with one fatal leap, a poor ignorant weariness that does not want to want any more: this created all gods and afterworlds.”

Tags : Gods Ideals Longing Redemption Suffering
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

68. “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.”

Tags : Diversity Evolution Genetics

69. “The good life is that which succeeds in existing for the moment, without reference to past or future, without condemnation or selection, in a state of absolute lightness, and in the finished conviction that there is no difference therefore between the instant and eternity.”

Tags : Atheism Existence Good Life
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

70. “All I need is a sheet of paperand something to write with, and thenI can turn the world upside down.”

Tags : Writing

71. “A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”

Tags : Friends Friendship Observation Writers Writing

72. “The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable.”

Tags : Acceptance Endings

73. “That is an artist as I love artists, modest in his needs: he really wants only two things, his bread and his art - panem et Circen.”

Tags : Art Artists Needs
Source : Twilight of the Idols

74. “This is the hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver.”

Tags : Difficult Enable Hard Help Love Modest Refuse

75. “Dante, I think, committed a crude blunder when, with a terror-inspiring ingenuity, he placed above the gateway of his hell the inscription, 'I too was created by eternal love'--at any rate, there would be more justification for placing above the gateway to the Christian Paradise...the inscription 'I too was created by eternal hate'...”

Tags : Dante Hatred Heaven And Hell Religion
Source : On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo

76. “The conviction reigns that it is only through the sacrifices and accomplishments of the ancestors that the tribe exists--and that one has to pay them back with sacrifices and accomplishments; one thus recognizes a debt that constantly grows greater, since these forebears never cease, in their continued existence as powerful spirits, to accord the tribe new advantages and new strength.”

Tags : Ancestors History Legacy Nietzsche Religion
Source : On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo

77. “I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage”

Tags : Ant Christ Atheism Philosophy Religion

78. “There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.”

Tags : Irreligion Religion
Source : Human, All Too Human

79. “In truth,there was only one christian and he died on the cross.”

Tags : Christian Behavior Christianity Religion

80. “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”

Tags : Philosophical

81. “Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute belongs to pathology.”

Tags : Absolute Absolution Agnosticism Distrust Evasion Health Irony Objection Pathology
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

82. “The overman...Who has organized the chaos of his passions, given style to his character, and become creative. Aware of life's terrors, he affirms life without resentment. ”

Tags : Control Discipline Life

83. “Because we have for millenia made moral, aesthetic, religious demands on the world, looked upon it with blind desire, passion or fear, and abandoned ourselves to the bad habits of illogical thinking, this world has gradually become so marvelously variegated, frightful, meaningful, soulful, it has acquired color - but we have been the colorists: it is the human intellect that has made appearances appear and transported its erroneous basic conceptions into things.”

Tags : Humanity Insightful Philosophy

84. “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”

Tags : Art Chaos

85. “All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”

Tags : Perception

86. “The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.”

Tags : Perception Philosophy Scientific Process Truth

87. “The spiritualization of sensuality is called love: it is a great triumph over Christianity.”

Tags : Anti Christian Christianity Love Sensuality Spirituality

88. “There are no facts, only interpretations.”

Tags : Perspective Truth

89. “Amor Fati – “Love Your Fate”, which is in fact your life.”

Tags : Fate Inspirational Life Love

90. “I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”

Tags : Lies Lying Trust

91. “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

Tags : Creative Process Creativity Inspirational Mental Illness Outsider Self Discovery

92. “The strongest intimidation, by the way, is the invention of a hereafter with a hell everlasting.”

Tags : Afterlife Hell Intimidation
Source : Human, All Too Human

93. “Giving style” to one’s character - a great and rare art! It is exercised by those who see all the strengths and weaknesses of their own natures and then comprehend them in an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason and even weakness delights the eye.”

Tags : Confomity Courage Individuality Nonconformity Self Freedom Truth To Self

94. “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”

Tags : Love Madness

95. “No shepherd and one herd! Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse.”

Tags : Conformity Existentialism
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

96. “I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.”

Tags : Darkness
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

97. “The wreckage of stars - I built a world from this wreckage.”

Tags : Astronomy Creation Existentialism Inspiration Inspirational Life Affirmation Life Affirming Motivation Motivational Overman Power Rebirth Stars Strength Universe Will To Power World Wreckage
Source : Dithyrambs of Dionysus

98. “Invisible threads are the strongest ties.”

Tags : Connection Invisibility Thread Ties

99. “One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.”

Tags : Existentialism Student Teacher
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

100. “It is certainly not the least charm of a theory that it is refutable; it is precisely thereby that it attracts the more subtle minds. It seems that the hundred-times-refuted theory of the "free will" owes its persistence to this charm alone; some one is always appearing who feels himself strong enough to refute it.”

Tags : Free Will Theory

101. “Which is it? Is man only a blunder of God? Or is God only a blunder of man?”

Tags : Common Sense Religion Philosophy
Source : Twilight of the Idols

102. “The person who fights monsters should make sure that in the process, he does not become a monster himself. Because when you stare down at an abyss, the abyss stares back at you.”

Tags : Actualization Fight Identification Self Realization Uncertainly

103. “When one is young, one venerates and despises without that art of nuances which constitutes the best gain of life, and it is only fair that one has to pay dearly for having assaulted men and things in this manner with Yes and No. Everything is arranged so that the worst of tastes, the taste for the unconditional, should be cruelly fooled and abused until a man learns to put a little art into his feelings and rather to risk trying even what is artificial — as the real artists of life do.”

Tags : Artifice Judgment Maturity Nuance Unconditional Youth
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

104. “Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.”

Tags : Insanity Madness Nationalism Philosophy
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

105. “I have forgotten my umbrella. ”

Tags : Aphorism Derrida Interpretation Philosophy

106. “Man is something that shall be overcome.Man is a rope,tied between beast and overman - a rope over an abyss.What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end.”

Tags : Change Destiny Fate Singularity The Singularity
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

107. “One must pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while still alive.”

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108. “Christianity gave Eros poison to drink; he did not die of it, certainly, but degenerated to Vice.”

Tags : Christianity Cupid Eros Love Poison Vice
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

109. “Remain faithful to the earth, my brothers, with the power of your virtue. Let your gift-giving love and your knowledge serve the meaning of the earth. Thus I beg and beseech you. Do not let them fly away from earthly things and beat with their wings against eternal walls. Alas, there has always been so much virtue that has flown away. Lead back to the earth the virtue that flew away, as I do—back to the body, back to life, that it may give the earth a meaning, a human meaning.”

Tags : Care Dream Earth Future Heaven Hope Human Humanity Love Man Now Real Virtue

110. “Just as in the second part of a verse bad poets seek a thought to fit their rhyme, so in the second half of their lives people tend to become more anxious about finding actions, positions, relationships that fit those of their earlier lives, so that everything harmonizes quite well on the surface: but their lives are no longer ruled by a strong thought, and instead, in its place, comes the intention of finding a rhyme.”

Tags : Art And Life Free Verse Mid Life Crisis Middle Age Poetry Psychology
Source : Human, All Too Human

111. “Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.”

Tags : Convictions Existentialism Lies Truth

112. “It was a subtle refinement of God to learn Greek when he wished to write a book – and that he did not learn it better.”

Tags : God The Bible

113. “Every smallest step in the field of free thinking, and of the personally formed life, has ever been fought for at the cost of spiritual and physical tortures . . . change has required its innumerable martyrs. . . . Nothing has been bought more dearly than that little bit of human reason and sense of freedom that is now the basis of our pride.”

Tags : Free Thinking Free Thought Self Overcoming
Source : The Dawn of Day: Friedrich Nietzsche

114. “Was it not part of the secret black art of truly grand politics of revenge, of a farseeing, subterranean, slowly advancing, and premeditated revenge, that Israel must itself deny the real instrument of its revenge before all the world as a mortal enemy and nail it to the cross, so that 'all the world,' namely all the opponents of Israel, could unhesitatingly swallow just this bait? And could spiritual subtlety imagine any more dangerous bait than this? Anything to equal the enticing, intoxicating, overwhelming, and undermining power of that symbol of the 'holy cross,' that ghastly paradox of a 'God on the cross,' that mystery of an unimaginable ultimate cruelty and self-crucifixion of God for the salvation of man?”

Tags : Atheism Christianity Jesus Judaism
Source : On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo

115. “Read from a distant star, the majuscule script of our earthly existence would perhaps lead to the conclusion that the earth was the distinctively ascetic planet, a nook of disgruntled, arrogant creatures filled with a profound disgust with themselves, at the earth, at all life, who inflict as much pain on themselves as they possibly can out of pleasure in inflicting pain which is probably their only pleasure.”

Tags : Asceticism Masochism
Source : On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo

116. “He who cannot put his thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of dispute.”

Tags : Arguement Debate Disagreement Dispute Heat Ice Thoughts
Source : Human, All Too Human

117. “Every talent must unfold itself in fighting.”

Tags : Talent

118. “We ought to face our destiny with courage.”

Tags : Courage Destiny

119. “if we possess a why of life we can put up with almost any how.”

Tags : Existentialism Meaning
Source : Twilight of the Idols

120. “One is punished most for one’s virtues.”

Tags : Punishment Sad Truth Virtue
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

121. “What is happening to me happens to all fruits that grow ripe. It is the honey in my veins that makes my blood thicker, and my soul quieter.”

Tags : Blood Fruit Honey Ripe Soul Veins

122. “The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.”

Tags : Suicide

123. “He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.”

Tags : Highest Tragedy Triviality
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

124. “A joke is an epigram on the death of a feeling.”

Tags : Humor Humour Jokes

125. “The text has disappeared under the interpretation.”

Tags : Interpretation Misinterpretation Misunderstanding Subtext
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

126. “The abdomen is the reason why man does not easily take himself for a god.”

Tags : Stomach
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

127. “It is a self-deception of philosophers and moralists to imagine that they escape decadence by opposing it. That is beyond their will; and, however little they acknowledge it, one later discovers that they were among the most powerful promoters of decadence.”

Tags : Decadence Ethics Morality Nihilism Philosohers Philosophy Power Self Deception Will
Source : The Will to Power

128. “Their [philosophers] thinking is, in fact, far less a discovery than a re-recognizing, a remembering, a return and a home-coming to a far-off, ancient common-household of the soul, out of which those ideas formerly grew: philosophizing is so far a kind of atavism of the highest order.”

Tags : Philosopher Philosophy
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

129. “The philosopher is lacking who interprets the deed and does not merely transpose it.”

Tags : Interpretation Philosopher The Will To Power Transpose

130. “And just look at these men: their eye saith it - they know nothing better on earth than to be with a woman.Filth is at the bottom of their souls; and alas! If their filth hath spirit in it!”

Tags : Animals Filth Men Soul Spirit
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

131. “What have we in common with the rosebud, which trembles because a drop of dew is lying upon it?”

Tags : Human Being Rosebud
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

132. “How much truth does a spirit endure, how much truth does it dare?”

Tags : Bearing Truth Valor
Source : Ecce Homo

133. “When we hear the ancient bells growling on a Sunday morning we ask ourselves: Is it really possible! This, for a jew, crucified two thousand years ago, who said he was God's son? The proof of such a claim is lacking. Certainly the Christian religion is an antiquity projected into our times from remote prehistory; and the fact that the claim is believed - whereas one is otherwise so strict in examining pretensions - is perhaps the most ancient piece of this heritage. A god who begets children with a mortal woman; a sage who bids men work no more, have no more courts, but look for the signs of the impending end of the world; a justice that accepts the innocent as a vicarious sacrifice; someone who orders his disciples to drink his blood; prayers for miraculous interventions; sins perpetrated against a god, atoned for by a god; fear of a beyond to which death is the portal; the form of the cross as a symbol in a time that no longer knows the function and ignominy of the cross -- how ghoulishly all this touches us, as if from the tomb of a primeval past! Can one believe that such things are still believed?”

Tags : Nihilism
Source : Human, All Too Human

134. “A man far oftener appears to have a decided character from persistently following his temperament than from persistently following his principles.”

Tags : Character Hypocrisy Inconsistancy Principles Temperament
Source : Human, All Too Human

135. “One must shed the bad taste of wanting to agree with many. "Good" is no longer good when one's neighbor mouths it. And how should there be a "common good"! The term contradicts itself: whatever can be common always has little value. In the end it must be as it is and always has been: great things remain for the great, abysses for the profound, nuances and shudders for the refined, and, in brief, all that is rare for the rare.”

Tags : Dogmatism Ethics Nietzsche
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

136. “Our crime against criminals lies in the fact that we treat them like rascals.”

Tags : Crime Criminal Criminals Society
Source : Human, All Too Human

137. “Energy wasted on negative ends.”

Tags : Waste
Source : Ecce Homo

138. “Youth is an unpleasant period; for then it is not possible or not prudent to be productive in any sense whatsoever.”

Tags : Productivity Youth
Source : Human, All Too Human

139. “O happiness! O happiness! Wilt thou perhaps sing, O my soul? Thou liest in the grass. But this is the secret, solemn hour, when no shepherd playeth his pipe.Take care! Hot noontide sleepeth on the fields. Do not sing! Hush! The world is perfect.Do not sing, thou prairie-bird, my soul! Do not even whisper! Lo—hush! The old noontide sleepeth, it moveth its mouth: doth it not just now drink a drop of happiness——An old brown drop of golden happiness, golden wine? Something whisketh over it, its happiness laugheth. Thus—laugheth a God. Hush!"For happiness, how little sufficeth for happiness!" Thus spoke I once and thought myself wise. But it was a blasphemy: that have I now learned. Wise fools speak better.The least thing precisely, the gentlest thing, the lightest thing, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a whisk, an eye-glance—little maketh up the best happiness. Hush!”

Tags : Happiness Love Of Life Mindfulness Minimalism Noontide
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

140. “A real man wants two things: danger and play. Therefore he wants woman as the most dangerous plaything. Man shall be educated for war, and woman for the recreation of the warrior: all else is folly.”

Tags : Man Recreation Woman Women

141. “Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.”

Tags : Seeing Time Understanding
Source : Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe in 15 Einzelbänden

142. “The slow arrow of beauty. The most noble kind of beauty is that which does not carry us away suddenly, whose attacks are not violent or intoxicating (this kind easily awakens disgust), but rather the kind of beauty which infiltrates slowly, which we carry along with us almost unnoticed, and meet up with again in dreams; finally, after it has for a long time lain modestly in our heart, it takes complete possession of us, filling our eyes with tears, our hearts with longing. What do we long for when we see beauty? To be beautiful. We think much happiness must be connected with it. But that is an error.”

Tags : Beauty

143. “One is fruitful only at the cost of being rich in contradictions.”

Tags : Contradiction Human Nature
Source : Twilight of the Idols

144. “A degree of culture, and assuredly a very high one, is attained when man rises above superstitions and religious notions and fears, and, for instance, no longer believes in guardian angels or in original sin, and has also ceased to talk of the salvation of his soul.”

Tags : Atheism Religion Superstition
Source : Human, All Too Human

145. “Discovering that one is loved in return really ought to disenchant the lover with the beloved. 'What? this person is modest enough to love even you? Or stupid enough? Or-or-”

Tags : Disenchantment Esteem Love
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

146. “The Good ManBetter an enmity from one blockthan friendship held together by glue.”

Tags : Enmity Friendship
Source : The Gay Science

147. “They're so cold, these scholars!May lightning strike their foodso that their mouths learn howto eat fire!”

Tags : Coldness Education Elitism Higher Education Scholars Scholarship

148. “To me, the masses seem to be worth a glance only in three respects: first as blurred copies of great men, presented on bad paper with worn out printing plates, then as the resistance against the great men, and finally as working implements of the great. For the rest, let the devil and statistics carry them off!”

Tags : Elitism Individualism

149. “The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.”

Tags : Nietzsche Readers Reading

150. “If a man has character, he has also his typical experience, which always recurs.”

Tags : Nietzsche Philosophy

151. “When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you.”

Tags : Abyss Nietzsche

152. “I obviously do everything to be "hard to understand" myself”

Tags : Ethics Nietzsche
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

153. “Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood. Write with blood, and thou wilt find that blood is spirit.It is no easy task to understand unfamiliar blood; I hate the reading idlers.He who knoweth the reader, doeth nothing more for the reader. Another century of readers--and spirit itself will stink.Every one being allowed to learn to read, ruineth in the long run not only writing but also thinking.Once spirit was God, then it became man, and now it even becometh populace.He that writeth in blood and proverbs doth not want to be read, but learnt by heart.In the mountains the shortest way is from peak to peak, but for that route thou must have long legs. Proverbs should be peaks, and those spoken to should be big and tall.The atmosphere rare and pure, danger near and the spirit full of a joyful wickedness: thus are things well matched.I want to have goblins about me, for I am courageous. The courage which scareth away ghosts, createth for itself goblins--it wanteth to laugh.”

Tags : Nietzsche Zarathustra
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

154. “The real world is much smaller than the imaginary”

Tags : Nietzsche

155. “You desire to LIVE "according to Nature"? Oh, you noble Stoics, what fraud of words! Imagine to yourselves a being like Nature, boundlessly extravagant, boundlessly indifferent, without purpose or consideration, without pity or justice, at once fruitful and barren and uncertain: imagine to yourselves INDIFFERENCE as a power—how COULD you live in accordance with such indifference? To live—is not that just endeavouring to be otherwise than this Nature? Is not living valuing, preferring, being unjust, being limited, endeavouring to be different? And granted that your imperative, "living according to Nature," means actually the same as "living according to life"—how could you do DIFFERENTLY? Why should you make a principle out of what you yourselves are, and must be? In reality, however, it is quite otherwise with you: while you pretend to read with rapture the canon of your law in Nature, you want something quite the contrary, you extraordinary stage-players and self-deluders! In your pride you wish to dictate your morals and ideals to Nature, to Nature herself, and to incorporate them therein; you insist that it shall be Nature "according to the Stoa," and would like everything to be made after your own image, as a vast, eternal glorification and generalism of Stoicism! With all your love for truth, you have forced yourselves so long, so persistently, and with such hypnotic rigidity to see Nature FALSELY, that is to say, Stoically, that you are no longer able to see it otherwise—and to crown all, some unfathomable superciliousness gives you the Bedlamite hope that BECAUSE you are able to tyrannize over yourselves—Stoicism is self-tyranny—Nature will also allow herself to be tyrannized over: is not the Stoic a PART of Nature?... But this is an old and everlasting story: what happened in old times with the Stoics still happens today, as soon as ever a philosophy begins to believe in itself. It always creates the world in its own image; it cannot do otherwise; philosophy is this tyrannical impulse itself, the most spiritual Will to Power, the will to "creation of the world," the will to the causa prima.”

Tags : Nature Nietzsche
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

156. “Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell.”

Tags : Heaven Hell Nietzsche

157. “To recognize untruth as a condition of life--that certainly means resisting accustomed value feelings in a dangerous way; and a philosophy that risks this would by that token alone place itself beyond good and evil.”

Tags : Ethics Nietzsche Philosophy Tradition
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

158. “Physiologists should think before putting down the instinct of self-preservation as the cardinal instinct of an organic being. A living thing seeks above all to discharge its strength--life itself is will to power; self-preservation is only one of the indirect and most frequent results.”

Tags : Nietzsche Superman Will To Power
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

159. “One has to take a somewhat bold and dangerous line with this existence: especially as, whatever happens, we are bound to lose it.”

Tags : Nietzsche Philosophy Schopenhauer As Educator
Source : Untimely Meditations

160. “Truth is a mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, anthropomorphisms, in short a sum of human relations which have been subjected to poetic and rhetorical intensification, translation and decoration […]; truths are illusions of which we have forgotten that they are illusions, metaphors which have become worn by frequent use and have lost all sensuous vigour […]. Yet we still do not know where the drive to truth comes from, for so far we have only heard about the obligation to be truthful which society imposes in order to exist"from, "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense".”

Tags : Nietzsche Truth

161. “My genius is in my nostrils.”

Tags : Genius Nietzsche
Source : Index

162. “A nation is a detour of nature to arrive at five or six great men- yes, and then to get around them.”

Tags : Nietzsche Philosophy Politics

163. “Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology. ”

Tags : Life Nietzsche

164. “It may be that until now there has been no more potent means for beautifying man himself than piety: it can turn man into so much art, surface, play of colors, graciousness that his sight no longer makes one suffer.---”

Tags : Nietzsche Religion
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

165. “The final reward of the dead - to die no more”

Tags : Death Nietzsche

166. “Morality is neither rational nor absolute nor natural. World has known many moral systems, each of which advances claims universality; all moral systems are therefore particular, serving a specific purpose for their propagators or creators, and enforcing a certain regime that disciplines human beings for social life by narrowing our perspectives and limiting our horizons.”

Tags : Ethics Morality

167. “People have always wanted to 'improve' human beings; for the most part, this has been called morality.”

Tags : Breeding Domesticating Human Nature Humanity Morality
Source : The Anti-Christ/Ecce Homo/Twilight of the Idols/Other Writings

168. “Injury makes one prudent,' says the proverb; insofar as it makes one prudent it also makes one bad. Fortunately, it frequently makes people stupid.”

Tags : Injury Nietzsche Punishment Rehabilitation

169. “A man who wills commands something within himself that renders obedience, or that he believes renders obedience.”

Tags : Ethics Nietzsche
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

170. “To be incapable of taking one’s enemies, one’s accidents, even one’s misdeeds seriously for very long - that is the sign of strong full natures in whom there is an excess of power to form, to mold, to recuperate and to forget. Mirabeau had no memory for insults and vile actions done to him and was unable to forgive simply because he - forgot. Such a man shakes off with a single shrug the many vermin that eat deep into others.”

Tags : Ethics Friedrich Nietzsche Justice Morals Philosophy Psychology Truth Wisdom

171. “Man is the cruelest animal," says Zarathustra. "When gazing at tragedies, bull-fights, crucifixations he hath hitherto felt happier than at any other time on Earth. And when he invented Hell...lo, Hell was his Heaven on Earth"; he could put up with suffering now, by contemplating the eternal punishment of his oppressors in the other world.”

Tags : Cruelty Hell Man

172. “After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.”

Tags : Atheism

173. “As is well known, the priests are the most evil enemies—but why? Because they are the most impotent. It is because of their impotence that in them hatred grows to monstrous and uncanny proportions, to the most spiritual and poisonous kind of hatred. The truly great haters in world history have always been priests; likewise the most ingenious haters: other kinds of spirit hardly come into consideration when compared with the spirit of priestly vengefulness.”

Tags : Atheism Hatred Priest Religion
Source : On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo

174. “No one dies of fatal truths nowadays: there are too many antidotes.”

Tags : Truth Truths
Source : Human, All Too Human

175. “What, then, is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms – in short, a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical, and obligatory to a people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten that this is what they are; metaphors which are worn out and without sensuous power; coins which have lost their pictures and now matter only as metal, no longer as coins.”

Tags : Abstraction Language Metaphor Myths Representation Truth

176. “However modest one may be in one's demand for intellectual cleanliness, one cannot help feeling, when coming into contact with the New Testament, a kind of inexpressible discomfiture: for the unchecked impudence with which the least qualified want to raise their voice on the greatest problems, and even claim to be judges of things, surpasses all measure. The shameless levity with which the most intractable problems (life, world, God, purpose of life) are spoken of, as if they were not problems at all but simply things that these little bigots KNEW!”

Tags : Atheism Atheists Bigotry Bigots Christianity Ignorance Intelligence New Testament Politicians Politics Religion
Source : The Will to Power

177. “The drive to knowledge has become too strong for us to be able to want happiness without knowledge or of a strong, firmly rooted delusion; even to imaginesuch a state of things is painful to us! Restless discovering and divining has such an attraction for us, and has grown as indispensable to us as is to the lover his unrequited love, which he would at no price relinquish for a state of indifference – perhaps,indeed, we too are unrequited lovers.”

Tags : Delusion Happiness Knowledge Reality Strife Work
Source : Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

178. “Try for once to justify the meaning of your existence as it were a posteriori by setting yourself an aim, a goal... an exalted and noble 'to this end.' Perish in pursuit of this and only this”

Tags : Essential Inspirational Philosophy
Source : Untimely Meditations

179. “Even the most beautiful scenery is no longer assured of our love after we have lived in it for three months, and some distant coast attracts our avarice: possessions are generally diminished by possession.”

Tags : Greed Possession

180. “Socrate considérait que c'est un mal qui n'est pas loin de la folie, de s'imaginer que l'on possède une vertu, alors qu'on ne la possède pas. Certes, une pareille illusion est plus dangereuse que l'illusion contraire qui consiste à croire que l'on souffre d'un défaut, d'un vice.Deuxième Considération intempestive, ch. 6”

Tags : Insanity Vice Virtue

181. “One sticks to an opinion because he prides himself on having come to it on his own, and another because he has taken great pains to learn it and is proud to have grasped it: and so both do so out of vanity.”

Tags : Opinions Pride Vanity

182. “When we have to change an opinion about any one, we charge heavily to his account the inconvenience he thereby causes us.”

Tags : Change Inconvenience Opinions People
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

183. “In conversation we are sometimes confused by the tone of our own voice, and mislead to make assertions that do not at all correspond to our opinions.”

Tags : Opinions
Source : Human, All Too Human

184. “To live with tremendous and proud composure; always beyond —. To have and not to have one's affects, one's pro and con, at will; to condescend to them, for a few hours; to seat oneself on them as on a horse, often as on an ass — for one must know how to make use of their stupidity as much as of their fire. To reserve one's three hundred foregrounds; also the dark glasses; for there are cases when nobody may look into our eyes, still less into our "grounds." And to choose for company that impish and cheerful vice, courtesy. And to remain master of one's four virtues: of courage, insight, sympathy, and solitude.”

Tags : Composure Concealment Self Control Wishful Thinking
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

185. “Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.”

Tags : Anarchy Lies

186. “Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves.”

Tags : Freedom Responsibility
Source : Twilight of the Idols

187. “It is the business of the very few to be independent; it is a privilege of the strong. And whoever attempts it, even with the best right, but without being OBLIGED to do so, proves that he is probably not only strong, but also daring beyond measure. He enters into a labyrinth, he multiplies a thousandfold the dangers which life in itself already brings with it; not the least of which is that no one can see how and where he loses his way, becomes isolated, and is torn piecemeal by some minotaur of conscience. Supposing such a one comes to grief, it is so far from the comprehension of men that they neither feel it, nor sympathize with it. And he cannot any longer go back! He cannot even go back again to the sympathy of men!”

Tags : Independence Independent Individual
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

188. “...we are concluding falsely that we can deduce the justification, the rational admissibility of displeasure, from the fact that it exists; and from this false deduction Schopenhauer arrives at his fantastic conclusion of so-called intelligible freedom. But displeasure after the deed need not be rational at all: in fact, it certainly is not rational, for it rests on the erroneous assumption that the deed did not have to follow necessarily. Thus, because he thinks he is free (but not because he is free), man feels remorse and the pangs of conscience.Furthermore, this displeasure is a habit that can be given up; many men do not feel it at all, even after the same actions that cause many other men to feel it. Tied to the development of custom and culture, it is a very changeable thing, and present perhaps only within a relatively short period of world history.No one is responsible for his deeds, no one for his nature; to judge is to be unjust. This is also true when the individual judges himself. The tenet is as bright as sunlight, and yet everyone prefers to walk back into the shadow and untruth - for fear of the consequences.”

Tags : Free Will
Source : Human, All Too Human

189. “If you know the why, you can live any how.”

Tags : Art Understanding

190. “Every characteristic absence of spirituality, every piece of common vulgarity, is due to an inability to resist a stimulus - you have to react, you follow every impulse.”

Tags : Impulse Instincts Spirituality
Source : The Anti-Christ/Ecce Homo/Twilight of the Idols/Other Writings

191. “Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.”

Tags : Fanatics Fundamentalists Reason Religion

192. “What? A great man? I only ever see the ape of his own ideal.”

Tags : Great Men Heroes

193. “Every philosophy is a foreground philosophy — that is a hermit's judgment: "There is something arbitrary in his stopping here to look back and look around, in his not digging deeper here but laying his spade aside; there is also something suspicious about it." Every philosophy also conceals a philosophy; every opinion is also a hideout, every word also a mask.”

Tags : Concealment Philosophy
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

194. “Books that teach us to dance: There are writers who, by portraying the impossible as possible, and by speaking of morality and genius as if both were high-spirited freedom, as if man were rising up on tiptoe and simply had to dance out of inner pleasure. ”

Tags : All To Human Faber Trans Human

195. “Masks. - There are women who, however you may search them, prove to have no content but are purely masks. The man who associates with such almost spectral, necessarily unsatisfied beings is to be commiserated with, yet it is precisely they who are able to arouse the desire of the man most strongly: he seeks for her soul - and goes on seeking.”

Tags : Human Masks Woman
Source : Human, All Too Human

196. “All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood and even go back to the beasts rather than overcome man? What is the ape to man? A laughingstock or a painful embarrassment. And man shall be just that for the overman: a laughingstock or a painful embarrassment… (…) Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman—a rope over an abyss… What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end: what can be loved in man is that he is an overture and a going under…”

Tags : Evolution Human Manga Overman Rope
Source : Thus Spoke Zarathustra

197. “If you invest all your energy in economics, world commerce, parliamentarianism, military engagements, power and power politics, -if you take the quantum of intelligence, seriousness, will, and self-overcoming that you embody and expend it all in this one direction, there there won't be any left for the other direction. Culture and the state - let us be honest with ourselves - these are adversaries.”

Tags : Culture Economics Germany
Source : The Anti-Christ/Ecce Homo/Twilight of the Idols/Other Writings

198. “But how can we venture to reprove or praise the universe! Let us beware of attributing to it heartlessness and unreason or their opposites: it is neither perfect nor beautiful nor noble, and has no desire to become any of these; it is by no means striving to imitate mankind! It is quite impervious to all our aesthetic and moral judgments! It has likewise no impulse to self-preservation or impulses of any kind; neither does it know any laws. Let us beware of saying there are laws in nature. There are only necessities: there is no one to command, no one to obey, no one to transgress...”

Tags : Existentialism Universe
Source : A Nietzsche Reader

199. “Men have hitherto treated women like birds which have strayed down to them from the heights; as something more delicate, more fragile, more savage, stranger, sweeter, soulful – but as something which has to be caged up so that it shall not fly away.”

Tags : Birds Caged Man Men Woman Women
Source : Beyond Good and Evil

200. “Belief means not wanting to know what is true.”

Tags : Belief Truth