Friedrich Nietzche (1844-1900)

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”

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

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

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

“I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.”

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

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

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

“Faith: not wanting to know what the truth is.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“Man is the cruelest animal.”

“Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.”

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

“Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man?”

“Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.”

“There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.”

“Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings — always darker, emptier and simpler.”

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.”

“Art is the proper task of life. ”

“The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”

“The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.”

“What labels me, negates me.”

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

“That which is done out of love is always beyond good and evil.”

“What does your conscience say? — ‘You should become the person you are’.”
“The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.”

“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.”

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

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

“Meaning and morality of One’s life come from within oneself. Healthy, strong individuals seek self expansion by experimenting and by living dangerously. Life consists of an infinite number of possibilities and the healthy person explores as many of them as posible. Religions that teach pity, self-contempt, humility, self-restraint and guilt are incorrect. The good life is ever changing, challenging, devoid of regret, intense, creative and risky.”

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

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ”

“There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.”

“Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.”

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

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

“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.”

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

“Stupidity in a woman is unfeminine.”

“Only idiots fail to contradict themselves three times a day.”

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

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

“Invisible threads are the strongest ties.”

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

“Remorse.– Never yield to remorse, but at once tell yourself: remorse would simply mean adding to the first act of stupidity a second.”

“They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.”

“To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence.”

“Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself. ”

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

“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?”

“I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.”

“The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.”
“Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.”

“Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.”

“True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.”

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

“Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego’.”

“Silence is worse; all truths that are kept silent become poisonous.”

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

“Become who you are!”

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

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

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

“The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.”

“My dear friend, what is this our life? A boat that swims in the sea, and all one knows for certain about it is that one day it will capsize. Here we are, two good old boats that have been faithful neighbors, and above all your hand has done its best to keep me from “capsizing”! Let us then continue our voyage—each for the other’s sake, for a long time yet, a long time! We should miss each other so much! Tolerably calm seas and good winds and above all sun—what I wish for myself, I wish for you, too, and am sorry that my gratitude can find expression only in such a wish and has no influence at all on wind or weather!”

“In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.”

“Is it better to out-monster the monster or to be quietly devoured?”

“There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.”

“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.”

“One must give value to their existence by behaving as if ones very existence were a work of art.”

“What is the seal of liberation? Not to be ashamed in front of oneself.”

“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”

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

“A subject for a great poet would be God’s boredom after the seventh day of creation.”

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

“Only sick music makes money today.”

“For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.”

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

“Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.”

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

“Love brings to light a lover’s noble and hidden qualities-his rare and exceptional traits: it is thus liable to be deceptive of his normal qualities.”

“The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.”

“You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?”

“Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.”

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

“It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.”

“Sensuality often hastens the “Growth of Love” so much that the roots remain weak and are easily torn up.”

“The earth has a skin and that skin has diseases; one of its diseases is called man.”

“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.”

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

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

“I am one thing, my writings are another.”

“He who possesseth little is so much the less possessed. Blessed be moderate poverty!”

“Love is blind. Friendship closes its eyes.”

“It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge. ”

“I love him who seeks to create over and beyond himself and thus perishes.”

“Woman was God’s second mistake. ”

“Live dangerously.”

“We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent.”

“In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.”

“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?”

“Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.”

“Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory is too good.”

“Memory says, ‘I did that.’ Pride replies, ‘I could not have done that.’ Eventually, memory yields.”

“He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.”

“The world is beautiful, but has a disease called man.”

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

“There are terrible people who, instead of solving a problem, bungle it and make it more difficult for all who come after. Whoever can’t hit the nail on the head should, please, not hit at all.”

“The more abstract the truth you wish to teach, the more you need to seduce the senses to it.”

“Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.”

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

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. ”

“There is not enough religion in the world to destroy the world’s religions.”

“The greatest cure for love is still that time honoured medicine – love returned.”

“Blessed are the sleepy ones: for they shall soon fall off.”

“Every talent must unfold itself in fighting.”

“My formula for happiness: a Yes, a No, a straight line, a goal.”

“A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.”

“We talk so abstractly about poetry because all of us are usually bad poets.”

“Those you cannot teach to fly, teach to fall faster.”

“The vanity of others runs counter to our taste only when it runs counter to our vanity.”

“Which is it: is man one of God’s blunders, or is God one of man’s blunders?”

“Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence.”

“What is done out of Love is beyond Good and Evil.”

“We ought to face our destiny with courage.”

“Insanity in individuals is something rare- but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

“Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion.”

“Life is at an end where the kingdom of God begins.”

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

“The great epochs of life come when we gain the courage to re-christen our evil as what is best in us.”

“Always look on the bright side of the abyss”

“This book is intended for calm readers.”

“The best friend will probably acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is founded on the talent for friendship.”

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

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