Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

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Born: October 15, 1844, Röcken, Germany
Birth Country: Germany
Died: Weimar, Thuringia, Germany, August 25, 1900
Occupation: Author

1.
'Evil men have no songs.' How is it that the Russians have songs?
- Friedrich Nietzsche

2.
A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

3.
A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

4.
A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

5.
A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

6.
A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

7.
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.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

8.
Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

9.
Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

10.
All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

11.
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.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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

13.
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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All truth is simple... is that not doubly a lie?
- Friedrich Nietzsche

15.
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

16.
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.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

17.
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.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

18.
Art is the proper task of life.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

19.
Art raises its head where creeds relax.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

20.
Behind all their personal vanity, women themselves always have an impersonal contempt for woman.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

21.
Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

22.
Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
- Friedrich Nietzsche

23.
Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

24.
Faith: not wanting to know what is true.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

25.
Fear is the mother of morality.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

26.
For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

27.
Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

28.
Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

29.
Go up close to your friend, but do not go over to him! We should also respect the enemy in our friend.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

30.
God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

31.
Great indebtedness does not make men grateful, but vengeful and if a little charity is not forgotten, it turns into a gnawing worm.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

32.
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?
- Friedrich Nietzsche

33.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

34.
He who laughs best today, will also laughs last.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

35.
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.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

36.
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

37.
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

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I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

39.
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.'
- Friedrich Nietzsche

40.
I love those who do not know how to live for today.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

41.
I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

42.
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

43.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

44.
In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

45.
In music the passions enjoy themselves.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

46.
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.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

47.
In the course of history, men come to see that iron necessity is neither iron nor necessary.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

48.
In the last analysis, even the best man is evil: in the last analysis, even the best woman is bad.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

49.
Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?
- Friedrich Nietzsche

50.
Is man one of God's blunders? Or is God one of man's blunders?
- Friedrich Nietzsche

51.
It is good to express a thing twice right at the outset and so to give it a right foot and also a left one. Truth can surely stand on one leg, but with two it will be able to walk and get around.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

52.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

53.
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

54.
It is the most sensual men who need to flee women and torment their bodies.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

55.
Judgments, value judgments concerning life, for or against, can in the last resort never be true: they possess value only as symptoms, they come into consideration only as symptoms - in themselves such judgments are stupidities.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

56.
Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

57.
Love is blind friendship closes its eyes.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

58.
Love is not consolation. It is light.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

59.
Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their mother.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

60.
Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

61.
Mystical explanations are thought to be deep the truth is that they are not even shallow.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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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

63.
Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

64.
Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

65.
Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete 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.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

66.
Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

67.
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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Once spirit was God, then it became man, and now it is even becoming mob.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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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

71.
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

72.
Regarding life, the wisest men of all ages have judged alike: it is worthless.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

73.
Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

74.
Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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Some are made modest by great praise, others insolent.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

76.
Stupid as a man, say the women: cowardly as a woman, say the men. Stupidity in a woman is unwomanly.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

77.
Success has always been a great liar.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

78.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

79.
The 'kingdom of Heaven' is a condition of the heart - not something that comes 'upon the earth' or 'after death.'
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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The abdomen is the reason why man does not readily take himself to be a god.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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The best author will be the one who is ashamed to become a writer.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

83.
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

84.
The doer alone learneth.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

85.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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The future influences the present just as much as the past.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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The lie is a condition of life.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

88.
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

89.
The world itself is the will to power - and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power - and nothing else!
- Friedrich Nietzsche

90.
There are people who want to make men's lives more difficult for no other reason than the chance it provides them afterwards to offer their prescription for alleviating life their Christianity, for instance.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

91.
There are various eyes. Even the Sphinx has eyes: and as a result there are various truths, and as a result there is no truth.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

92.
There cannot be a God because if there were one, I could not believe that I was not He.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

93.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

94.
There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are - more humane.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

97.
There is not enough religion in the world even to destroy religion.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

98.
This is the hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

99.
To use the same words is not a sufficient guarantee of understanding one must use the same words for the same genus of inward experience ultimately one must have one's experiences in common.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

100.
Today I love myself as I love my god: who could charge me with a sin today? I know only sins against my god but who knows my god?
- Friedrich Nietzsche

101.
Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

102.
Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

103.
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

104.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

105.
We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

106.
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.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

107.
What do I care about the purring of one who cannot love, like the cat?
- Friedrich Nietzsche

108.
What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

111.
When art dresses in worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

112.
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.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

113.
When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

114.
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

116.
Whoever has provoked men to rage against him has always gained a party in his favor, too.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

117.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

118.
Woman was God's second mistake.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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Women are considered deep - why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

120.
Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

121.
You say it is the good cause that hallows even war? I say unto you: it is the good war that hallows any cause.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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