100 Top Quotes By Friedrich Nietzsche That Smash Popular Notions
Philosopher and Philologist
Röcken-bei-Lützen, Kingdom of Prussia
Friedrich Nietzsche was one a German classical scholar, philosopher, and critic of culture who went on to become one of the most influential of all modern thinkers. Nietzsche rose to fame for his writings on good and evil, the end of religion in modern society and the concept of a ‘super-man’. His writings on individuality and morality in contemporary civilization influenced many thinkers and writers of the 20
th century. Though Nietzsche career spanned briefly, he published numerous works in philosophy in the short duration, two of the most prominent of which include ‘Twilight of the Idols’ and ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’. In his work, Nietzsche attempted to unmask the motives that underlie traditional Western religion, morality and philosophy that has deeply affected generations of theologians, philosophers, psychologists, poets, novelists, and playwrights. This probably is the reason as to why his work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history. Nietzsche's body of writing spanned across philosophical polemics, poetry, cultural criticism, and fiction, and drew widely on art, philology, history, religion, and science. The same can also be seen in his quotes that touch all the aforementioned genres and give readers a new perspective from which to look at. Listed below are some of the top quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche.
Without music, life would be a mistake. It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you. And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them! There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. 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. You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. In heaven, all the interesting people are missing. Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed. There are no facts, only interpretations. We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone. When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago. The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind. In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. Man is the cruelest animal. The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man? Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood. Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings -- always darker, emptier and simpler. Faith: not wanting to know what the truth is. I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance. The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night. A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly. A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all. The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything. There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth. I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses. Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you. We have art in order not to die of the truth. There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe. A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends. All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too. In truth,there was only one christian and he died on the cross. All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth. You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame;
how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes? That which is done out of love is always beyond good and evil. All I need is a sheet of paper
and something to write with, and then
I can turn the world upside down. Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent. Art is the proper task of life. Silence is worse; all truths that are kept silent become poisonous. There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings. What does your conscience say? — 'You should become the person you are'. Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you. Invisible threads are the strongest ties. Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. Amor Fati – “Love Your Fate”, which is in fact your life. Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders. The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters. Stupidity in a woman is unfeminine. After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands. Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar. A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us. One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love. The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others. They muddy the water, to make it seem deep. To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence. Is it better to out-monster the monster or to be quietly devoured? Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves? The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments. Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible. There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil. Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself. Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen. The voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'. Remorse.-- Never yield to remorse, but at once tell yourself: remorse would simply mean adding to the first act of stupidity a second. One must give value to their existence by behaving as if ones very existence were a work of art. True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness. I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage If you know the why, you can live any how. Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not. And once you are awake, you shall remain awake eternally. For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication. There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths. ...throw roses into the abyss and say: 'here is my thanks to the monster who didn't succeed in swallowing me alive. Man is something that shall be overcome.Man is a rope,tied between beast and overman - a rope over an abyss.What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end. It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.
To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.
Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
What is the seal of liberation? Not to be ashamed in front of oneself. There is an innocence in admiration: it occurs in one who has not yet realized that they might one day be admired.