Friedrich Nietzsche, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Friedrich
Nietzsche, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
1844
1900

German Philosopher and Classical Philologist,wrote critical texts on Religion, Morality, Contemporary Culture, Philosophy and Science, most influential in Existentialism and Post-Modernism

Author Quotes

What destroys a man more quickly than to work, think, and feel without inner necessity, without any deep personal desire, without pleasure – as a mere automaton of duty?

We seldom break our leg so long as life continues a toilsome upward climb. The danger comes when we begin to take things easily and choose the convenient paths.

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.

We are unknown, we knowers, ourselves to ourselves: this has its own good reason. We have never searched for ourselves - how should it then come to pass, that we should ever find ourselves?

Virtues are dangerous as vices insofar as they are allowed to rule over one as authorities and not as qualities one develops oneself.

Truth is the kind of error without which a certain species of life could not live. The value of life is ultimately decisive.

To be ashamed of one’s immorality - that is a step on the staircase at whose end one is also ashamed of one’s morality.

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier, and simpler.

There are no moral phenomena at all, but only a moral interpretation of phenomena.

The visionary denies the truth to himself, the liar only to others.

The value of a man can only be measured with regard to other men.

The most spiritual human beings, as the strongest, find their happiness where others would find their destruction: in the labyrinth, in severity towards themselves and others, in attempting; their joy lies in self-constraint: with them asceticism becomes nature, need, instinct.

The most intelligent men, like the strongest, find their happiness where others would find only disaster: in the labyrinth, in being hard with themselves and with others, in effort; their delight is self-mastery; in them asceticism becomes second nature, a necessity, an instinct.

The most common lie is the lie one tells oneself; lying to others is relatively the exception.

The metaphysical comfort - with which, I am suggesting even now, every true tragedy leaves us - that life is at the bottom of things, despite all the changes of appearances, indestructibly powerful and pleasurable - this comfort appears in the incarnate clarity in the chorus of satyrs, a chorus of natural being who live ineradicably, as it were behind all civilization and remain eternally the same, despite the changes of generations and of the history of nations.

The man of belief is necessarily a dependent man... He does not belong to himself, but to the author of the idea he believes... At every step, one has to wrestle for truth; one has to surrender to it almost everything to which the heart, to which our love, our trust in life clings otherwise. That requires greatness of soul: the service of truth is the hardest service...faith makes blessed: consequently, it lies.

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 inability to lie is far from the love of truth.

The human being inventing signs is at the same time the human being who becomes ever more keenly conscious of himself. It was only as a social animal that man acquired self-consciousness.

The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill-temper.

The greatest of almsgivers is cowardice.

The greatest events - are not our noisiest, but our stillest hours.

The genius - in his works, in his deeds - is necessarily a prodigal: his greatness lies in the fact that he expends himself.

The falseness of an opinion is not for us any objection to it. The question is how far it is life-furthering, life-preserving, species-preserving.

The doctrine of equality!... But there exists no more poisonous poison: for it seems to be preached by justice itself, while it is the end of justice... ‘Equality for equals, inequality for unequals’ - that would be the true voice of justice: and, what follows from it, ‘Never make equal what is unequal’.

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First Name
Friedrich
Last Name
Nietzsche, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Birth Date
1844
Death Date
1900
Bio

German Philosopher and Classical Philologist,wrote critical texts on Religion, Morality, Contemporary Culture, Philosophy and Science, most influential in Existentialism and Post-Modernism