Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

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Plato was a bore.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Learn to love your fate.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Man is the cruelest animal.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Woman was God's second mistake.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

mankind women

The last Christian died on the cross.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Christianity

Without music life would be a mistake.

music

Without music, life would be a mistake.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

music

Art raises its head where creeds relax.

art

What does not kill me makes me stronger.

Strength

Faith: not wanting to know what is true.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

faith

The ascetic makes a necessity of virtue.

asceticism

There are no facts, only interpretations.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

facts

Facts do not exist; only interpretations.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

truth

Love is blind. Friendship closes its eyes.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

humor

We have art to save ourselves from the truth.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

art

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

art

The mailman is the agent of impolite surprises.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Love is more afraid of change than destruction.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

change

By losing your goal—you have lost your way, too!

goals losing our way

The earth has a skin and that skin has diseases.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

earth ecology

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

purpose of life

In every man a child is hidden that wants to play.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

freedom

All idealism is falsehood in the face of necessity.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

idealist

To the mediocre, mediocrity is a form of happiness.

mediocrity

Sometimes the idiot and the genius are the same man.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

ego

It is our future that lays down the law of our today.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

beliefs dancing

There is a rollicking kindness that looks like malice.

kindness

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

forgiveness law parenting revenge

Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

religion

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

beliefs

To produce music is also in a sense to produce children.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

music

In revenge and in love woman is more barbarous than man.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Every philosophy is the philosophy of some stage of life.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
God is a thought that makes crooked all that is straight.

God

Against boredom even the gods themselves struggle in vain.

boredom

Our shortcomings are the eyes with which we see the ideal.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

shortcomings

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

conviction

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

purpose of life

The future influences the present just as much as the past.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
He who has a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

purpose of life

The most instructive experiences are those of everyday life.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
From people who merely pray we must become people who bless.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
The most common sort of lie is the one uttered to one's self.

self-deception

The love of truth has its reward in heaven and even on earth.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
If we have our own "why" of life, we can bear almost any "how."
— Friedrich Nietzsche

purpose of life

Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
— Friedrich Nietzsche

boredom

Never to talk about oneself is a very refined form of hypocrisy.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

egotism hypocrisy

He who has a why for which to live can bear with almost any how.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
The value of a man can only be measured with regard to other men.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.

aspiration

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

ideas

Independence is for the very few; it is a privilege of the strong.

independence

Woman learns how to hate in proportion as she forgets how to charm.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
The belly is the reason why man does not mistake himself for a god.

hunger

The great poet draws his creations only from out of his own reality.

creativity

Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Even a thought, even a possibility, can shatter us and transform us.

possibility thoughts transformation

It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

reputation

Profundity of thought belongs to youth, clarity of thought to old age.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

thinking

Maturity means reacquiring the seriousness one had as a child at play.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

childhood maturity

When one has a great deal to put into it, a day has a hundred pockets.
If we have our own why in life, we shall get along with almost any how.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

purpose of life

A man has no ears for that to which experience has given him no access.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

experience

A man must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises he makes.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Man would sooner have the void for his purpose than be void of purpose.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
If a man has a strong faith, he can indulge in the luxury of skepticism.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
If a man have a strong faith he can indulge in the luxury of skepticism.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

faith

The abdomen is the reason why man does not easily take himself for a god.
Nothing ever succeeds which exuberant spirits have not helped to produce.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Give me insight into today, and you may have the antique and future worlds.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Of all that is written, I love only what a man hath written with his blood.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper.

wisdom

It is not lack of love but lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.

resentment

One must separate from anything that forces one to repeat No again and again.

saying no

Which is it?  Is man one of God's blunders?  Or is God one of man's blunders?

God

A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

cynical love

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

greatness

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

books writing

It is not the strength, but the duration of great sentiments that makes great men.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

forgiveness

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a whole book.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

hope

It is not the strength, but the duration, of great sentiments that makes great men.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

greatness

The Earth has a skin and that skin has diseases, one of its diseases is called man.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

mankind

Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

art

No small art is it to sleep: it is necessary for that purpose to keep awake all day.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

sleep

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

faith

When a man is in love he endures more than at other times; he submits to everything.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

cynical love

He who cannot obey himself will be commanded.  That is the nature of living creatures.

self-control

It is the privilege of greatness to confer intense happiness with insignificant gifts.

greatness

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

insanity

Woman understands children better than man does, but man is more childlike than woman.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

women

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

progress

Spiritual strength and passion, when accompanied by bad manners, only provoke loathing.

manners

Man alone suffers so excruciatingly in the world that we were compelled to invent laughter.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
A man's maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.

maturity

What upsets me is not that you lied to me, but that from now on I can no longer believe you.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

lies

You cannot learn to fly by flying. First you must learn to walk, to run, to climb, to dance.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

knowledge

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
What makes us heroic?  Confronting simultaneously our supreme suffering and our supreme hope.

heroism

What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

power

Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature.
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The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.

suicide

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

head and heart

The errors of great men are venerable because they are more fruitful than the truths of little men.

error

It was subtle of God to learn Greek when he wished to become an author— and not to learn it better.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

religion

So long as you are praised think only that you are not yet on your own path but on that of another.

praise

Those who know they are deep strive for clarity.  Those who would like to seem deep strive for obscurity.

clarity

Every tradition grows ever more venerable — the more remote is its origin, the more confused that origin is.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Distrust all men in whom the impulse to punish is powerful....distrust all those who talk much of their justice.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
The world itself is the will to power—and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power—and nothing else!
— Friedrich Nietzsche

power

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

women

That lies should be necessary to life is part and parcel of the terrible and questionable character of existence.

lies

One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.
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It is not true that every man has a price. But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

human nature motives persuasion

Beggars should be abolished entirely! Verily, it is annoying to give to them and it is annoying not to give to them.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

charity

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

will

One often contradicts an opinion when it is really only the tone in which it has been presented that is unsympathetic.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

truth

"Every man has his price."  This is not true.  But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.

temptation

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

knowledge truth

Faith, indeed, has up to the present not been able to move real mountains ... But it can put mountains where there are none.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

religion

What actually fills you with indignation as regards suffering is not suffering in itself but the pointlessness of suffering.

suffering

Insects sting, not in malice, but because they want to live. It is the same with critics: they desire our blood, not our pain.

critics

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
God is dead: but considering the state Man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

God

I understand by "freedom of spirit" something quite definite...the unconditional will to say No where it is dangerous to say No.

saying no

All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

reality

A good maxim is too hard for the teeth of time and whole millennia cannot consume it, even though it serves to nourish every age.

maxims

We praise or blame according to whether the one or the other offers a greater opportunity for our power of judgment to shine out.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

blame human nature praise

There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favors done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude.

appreciation

Architecture is a sort of oratory of power by means of forms.  Now it is persuasive, even flattering, and at other times merely commanding.

architecture

In our interactions with people, a benevolent hypocrisy is frequently required—acting as though we do not see through the motives of their actions.

hypocrisy

Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

knowledge

A strong and well-constituted man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds) just as he digests his meats, even when he has some tough morsels to swallow.

experience

War has always been the grand sagacity of every spirit which has grown too inward and too profound; its curative power lies even in the wounds one receives.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

war

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.

reading

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.  And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.

evil

Let the youthful soul look back on life with the question: what have you truly loved up to now, what has drawn your soul aloft, what has mastered it and at the same time blessed it?

aspiration purpose of life youth

Wherever there has been tyranny, there the solitary philosopher has been hated; for philosophy offers an asylum to a man into which no tyranny can force its way, the inward cave, the labyrinth of the heart.

tyranny

At 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.

authenticity be yourself individuality

Not necessity, not desire—no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything—health, food, a place to live, entertainment—they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

cynical human nature power

God has given us music so that above all it can lead us upwards. Music unites all qualities: it can exalt us, divert us, cheer us up, or break the hardest of hearts with the softest of its melancholy tones. But its principal task is to lead our thoughts to higher things, to elevate, even to make us tremble.

music