Friedrich Nietzsche, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Nietzsche, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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

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Let the young soul look back upon its life and ask: What up to now have you truly loved, what has raised up your soul, what ruled it and at the same time made it happy? Line up these objects of reverence before you, and perhaps by their sequence they will yield to you a basic law of your true self. Compare them and see how they form a ladder on which you have so far climbed up toward yourself.

Learning from one's enemies is the best way to love them.

Immature is the love of the youth, and immature his hatred of man and earth. His mind and the wings of his spirit are still tied down and heavy.

If only those actions are moral... which are performed out of freedom of will, then there are no moral actions.

Idleness is the parent of all psychology.

I looked for great men, but all I found were the apes of their ideals.

I have often asked myself whether I am not more heavily obligated to the hardest years of my life than to any others. As my inmost nature teaches me, whatever is necessary as seen from the heights and in the sense of a great economy is also the useful par excellence: one should not only bear it, one should love it. Amor fati: that is my inmost nature. And as for my long sickness, do I not owe it indescribably more than I owe to my health? I owe it a higher health, one which is made stronger by whatever does not kill it. I also owe my philosophy to it. Only great pain is the ultimate liberator of the spirit... Only great pain, that long, slow pain in which we are burned with green wood, as it were - pain which takes its time - only this forces us philosophers to descend into our ultimate depths and to put away all trust, all good-naturedness, all that would veil, all mildness, all that is medium - things in which formerly we may have found our humanity. I doubt that such pain makes us "better," but I know that it makes us more profound.

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

He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in preservation of the enemy's life.

He who denies his own vanity usually possesses it in so brutal a form that he instinctively shuts his eyes to avoid the necessity of despising himself... The most vulnerable and yet most unconquerable of things is human vanity; nay, through being wounded its strength increases and can grow to giant proportions.

He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.

Great intellects are skeptical.

Great indebtedness does not make men grateful, but vengeful.

Granted that nothing is ‘given’ as real except our world of desires and passions that we can rise or sink to no other ‘reality’ than the reality of our drives - for thinking is only the relationship of these drives to one another.

God, as representing objective values, is our master. If, however, God is dead, the effect is exhilarating ...our sea lies open again.

Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.

For the mediocre it is happiness to be mediocre.

Every word is a prejudice.

Every master has but one disciple, and that one becomes unfaithful to him, for he too is destined for mastership.

Every high degree of power always involves a corresponding degree of freedom from good and evil.

By morality the individual is taught to become a function of the herd, and to ascribe to himself value only as a function... Morality is the herd instinct in the individual.

But what after all are man’s truths? They are his irrefutable errors.

Belief in truth begins with doubting all that has hitherto been believed to be true.

As soon as we are shown the existence of something old in a new thing, we are pacified.

Art raises its head where creeds relax.

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