Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

influential German philosopher remembered for his concept of the superman and for his rejection of Christian values; considered, along with Kierkegaard, to be a founder of existentialism (1844-1900)

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I know my fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous--a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed so far. I am no man, I am dynamite.
Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man.
You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music
Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him
Without music life would be a mistake.
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
If you look long enough into the void the void begins to look back through you.
The miserable have no other medicine But only hope.
All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.
And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
Believe me The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously
Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper.
He turns all of his injuries into strengths, that which does not kill him makes him stronger, he is superman.
Hold a true friend with both your hands.
If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
In music the passions enjoy themselves.
In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
Love is blind friendship closes its eyes.
No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
Not a few who meant to drive out their demons went thereby into the swine themselves.
Nothing is beautiful, only man on this piece of navety rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second nothing is ugly but degenerate man-the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.
Our destiny rules over us, even when we are not yet aware of it it is the future that makes laws for us today.
Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces obstinacy, it sharpens the sense of alienation and strengthens the power of resistance.
The Earth has a skin and that skin has diseases, one of those diseases is man.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
The last Christian died on the cross.
The living is a species of the dead and not a very attractive one.
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
The most instructive experiences are those of everyday life.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher regard those who think alike than those who think differently.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
This is the hardest of all to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver.
This secret spoke Life herself unto me 'Behold,' said she, 'I am that which must ever surpass itself.'
Under peaceful conditions the militant man attacks himself.
When marrying, ask yourself this question Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age Everything else in marriage is transitory.

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