Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history. He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. He became the youngest ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869, at the age of 24. Nietzsche’s body of work touched widely on art, philology, history, religion, tragedy, culture, and science.
Love Is Blind; Friendship Closes Its Eyes.
There Is Always Some Madness In Love. But There Is Also Always Some Reason In Madness.
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.
Art Is The Proper Task Of Life.
He Who Cannot Give Anything Away Cannot Feel Anything Either.
Is Life Not A Thousand Times Too Short For Us To Bore Ourselves?
One Often Contradicts An Opinion When What Is Uncongenial Is Really The Tone In Which It Was Conveyed.
No One Lies So Boldly As The Man Who Is Indignant.
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.
One Should Die Proudly When It Is No Longer Possible To Live Proudly.
In Large States Public Education Will Always Be Mediocre, For The Same Reason That In Large Kitchens The Cooking Is Usually Bad.
Convictions Are More Dangerous Foes Of Truth Than Lies.
When You Look Into An Abyss, The Abyss Also Looks Into You.
Sleeping Is No Mean Art: For Its Sake One Must Stay Awake All Day.
Blessed Are The Forgetful: For They Get The Better Even Of Their Blunders.
In Christianity Neither Morality Nor Religion Come Into Contact With Reality At Any Point.
This Is What Is Hardest: To Close The Open Hand Because One Loves.
The Man Of Knowledge Must Be Able Not Only To Love His Enemies But Also To Hate His Friends.
Is Man One Of God's Blunders? Or Is God One Of Man's Blunders?
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.'
The Aphorism In Which I Am The First Master Among Germans, Are The Forms Of 'Eternity'; My Ambition Is To Say In Ten Sentences What Everyone Else Says In A Book - What Everyone Else Does Not Say In A Book.
When One Has Not Had A Good Father, One Must Create One.
All Things Are Subject To Interpretation Whichever Interpretation Prevails At A Given Time Is A Function Of Power And Not Truth.
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.
The Most Common Lie Is That Which One Lies To Himself; Lying To Others Is Relatively An Exception.
He Who Laughs Best Today, Will Also Laughs Last.
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.
Idleness Is The Parent Of Psychology.
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.
Not When Truth Is Dirty, But When It Is Shallow, Does The Enlightened Man Dislike To Wade Into Its Waters.
To Forget One's Purpose Is The Commonest Form Of Stupidity.
After Coming Into Contact With A Religious Man I Always Feel I Must Wash My Hands.
It Is Always Consoling To Think Of Suicide: In That Way One Gets Through Many A Bad Night.
If A Woman Possesses Manly Virtues One Should Run Away From Her; And If She Does Not Possess Them She Runs Away From Herself.
Love Is Not Consolation. It Is Light.
That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger.
The World Itself Is The Will To Power - And Nothing Else! And You Yourself Are The Will To Power - And Nothing Else!
Go Up Close To Your Friend, But Do Not Go Over To Him! We Should Also Respect The Enemy In Our Friend.
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?
There Is Not Enough Love And Goodness In The World To Permit Giving Any Of It Away To Imaginary Beings.
Every Man Is A Creative Cause Of What Happens, A Primum Mobile With An Original Movement.
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.
There Is A Rollicking Kindness That Looks Like Malice.
We Hear Only Those Questions For Which We Are In A Position To Find Answers.
What Do I Care About The Purring Of One Who Cannot Love, Like The Cat?
In Individuals, Insanity Is Rare; But In Groups, Parties, Nations And Epochs, It Is The Rule.
Whoever Feels Predestined To See And Not To Believe Will Find All Believers Too Noisy And Pushy: He Guards Against Them.
Whoever Despises Himself Nonetheless Respects Himself As One Who Despises.
It Is The Most Sensual Men Who Need To Flee Women And Torment Their Bodies.
A Friend Should Be A Master At Guessing And Keeping Still: You Must Not Want To See Everything.