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Friedrich Nietzsche quotations

  • "We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers."
  • "We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving."
  • "In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad."
  • "In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."
  • "In heaven, all the interesting people are missing."
  • "We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us."
  • "What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue, this is human madness."
  • "What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man."
  • "What does not destroy me, makes me stronger."
  • "What do you regard as most humane? To spare someone shame."
  • "What do I care about the purring of one who cannot love, like the cat?"
  • "In everything one thing is impossible: rationality."
  • "In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play."
  • "I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his "divine service.""
  • "I love those who do not know how to live for today."
  • "I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time."
  • "I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage."
  • "Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man."
  • "I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think."
  • "I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance."
  • "In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point."
  • "If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn."
  • "If a woman possesses manly virtues one should run away from her; and if she does not possess them she runs away from herself."
  • "Idleness is the parent of psychology."
  • "What then in the last resort are the truths of mankind? They are the irrefutable errors of mankind."
  • "What? You seek something? You wish to multiply yourself tenfold, a hundredfold? You seek followers? Seek zeros!"
  • "Without music, life would be a mistake."
  • "Women are considered deep - why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow."
  • "Wit is the epitaph of an emotion."
  • "Whoever has provoked men to rage against him has always gained a party in his favor, too."
  • "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you."
  • "Women are quite capable of entering into a friendship with a man, but to keep it going that takes a little physical antipathy as well."
  • "Women can form a friendship with a man very well; but to preserve it - to that end a slight physical antipathy must probably help."
  • "You say it is the good cause that hallows even war? I say unto you: it is the good war that hallows any cause."
  • "You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star."
  • "You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."
  • "Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth."
  • "Whoever feels predestined to see and not to believe will find all believers too noisy and pushy: he guards against them."
  • "Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."
  • "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."
  • "When art dresses in worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art."
  • "When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one."
  • "Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil."
  • "When one does away with oneself one does the most estimable thing possible: one thereby almost deserves to live."
  • "When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets."
  • "Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises."
  • "Whoever battles with monsters had better see that it does not turn him into a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you."
  • "When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you."
  • "When one has not had a good father, one must create one."
  • "He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying."
  • "He who laughs best today, will also laughs last."
  • "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."
  • "Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive."
  • "And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
  • "An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris."
  • "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."
  • "Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest."
  • "Art is the proper task of life."
  • "Behind all their personal vanity, women themselves always have an impersonal contempt for woman."
  • "Before the effect one believes in different causes than one does after the effect."
  • "At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid."
  • "Art raises its head where creeds relax."
  • "All truth is simple... is that not doubly a lie?"
  • "All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking."
  • "A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love."
  • "A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy."
  • "A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness."
  • "A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends."
  • "A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still: you must not want to see everything."
  • "Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it."
  • "After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands."
  • "All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."
  • "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 credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses."
  • "Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent."
  • "Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders."
  • "Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had."
  • "Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you."
  • "Go up close to your friend, but do not go over to him! We should also respect the enemy in our friend."
  • "Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company."
  • "For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child."
  • "For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication."
  • "God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight."
  • "Great indebtedness does not make men grateful, but vengeful; and if a little charity is not forgotten, it turns into a gnawing worm."
  • "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."
  • "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?"
  • "He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either."
  • "He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted."
  • "Fear is the mother of morality."
  • "Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons."
  • "Egoism is the very essence of a noble soul."
  • "Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?"
  • "Do whatever you will, but first be such as are able to will."
  • "Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies."
  • "Every church is a stone on the grave of a god-man: it does not want him to rise up again under any circumstances."
  • "Every man is a creative cause of what happens, a primum mobile with an original movement."
  • "Faith: not wanting to know what is true."
  • "Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions."
  • "Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience."
  • "Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present."
  • "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything."

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