Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 - August 25, 1900) was a nineteenth-century German philosopher and classical philologist

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A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows us that faith proves nothing.
All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting.
All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher, which is to solve the problem of value, to determine the true hierarchy of values.
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
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.
Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.
And be on they guard against the good and the just They would fain curcify those who devise their own virtue -- they hate the lonesome ones.
At the bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique human 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.
At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the best even of their blunders.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of the truth than lies.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
Convictions are the more dangerous enemy of truth than lies.
Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health everything unconditional belongs in pathology.
Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
Every extension of knowledge arises from making the conscious the unconscious.
Every man has his price." This is not true. But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing. To win over certain people to something, it is only necessary to give it a gloss of love of humanity, nobility, gentleness, self-sacrifice - and there is nothing you cannot get them to swallow. To their souls, these are the icing, the tidbit; other kinds of souls have others.
Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.
Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true.
For a significant man
woman, the one thought he values greatly, to the laughter and scorn of insignificant men, is a key to hidden treasure chambers; for those others, it is nothing but a piece of old iron.
For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.
He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.
He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser.
He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs the torments of man.
How good bad music and bad reasons sound when one marches against an enemy!
How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.
How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.
I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them.
Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age he would have repudiated his doctrine.
Life is the will to power; our natural desire to dominate and reshape the world to fit our own preferences and assert our personal strength to the fullest degree.
Man is more ape than many of the apes.
Maturity consists in having rediscovered the seriousness one had as a child at play.
Morality is the greatest of all tools for leading mankind by the nose.
Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes.
One should never know too precisely whom one has married.
Only sick music makes money today.
Out of life's school of war What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.
People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
Perhaps I know why it is man alone who laughs He alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
That which is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
The certain prospect of death could sweeten every life with a precious and fragrant drop of levity- and now you strange apothecary souls have turned it into an ill-tasting drop of poison that makes the whole of life repulsive.
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
The higher a man gets, the smaller he seems to those who cannot fly.
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.
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 visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
Thinking evil is making evil.
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.
What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do…?
What is done out of love is beyond Good and Evil
When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.
Who is better, they who promote truth over happiness, or happiness over truth?
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he doesn't become a monster.
Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Zarathustra was the first to consider the fight of good and evil the very wheel in the machinery of things: the transposition of morality into the metaphysical realm, as a force, cause, and end in itself, is his work. […] Zarathustra created this most calamitous error, morality; consequently, he must also be the first to recognize it.

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