Quotes and Quotations

Memorable Quotes and quotations from Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher (1844 - 1900)


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- The higher a man gets, the smaller he seems to those who cannot fly.

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- 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.

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

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- Convictions are the more dangerous enemy of truth than lies.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Twilight of the Idols, What I owe to the Ancients
- Plato is boring.

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- The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Gay Science, section 116
- Morality is herd instinct in the individual.

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- Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil
- Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Aphorisms in Beyond Good and Evil
- Disgust with dirt can be so great that it prevents us from cleaning ourselves - from "justifying" ourselves.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil
- In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.

Friedrich Nietzsche - The AntiChrist
- The "highest" states of mind held up before mankind by christianity as of supreme value, are actually forms of convulsive epilepsy.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- There are no facts, only interpretations.

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Antichrist
- Some men are born posthumously.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.

Friedrich Nietzsche - So spake Zarathoustra
- It is time, it is high time... Yes, but to do what?

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the best even of their blunders.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spake Zarathustra
- That everybody is allowed to learn to read spoileth in the long run not only writing but thinking.

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Gay Science, section 381
- I would not know what the spirit of a philosopher might wish more to be than a good dancer.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- In heaven all the interesting people are missing.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- For a significant man
woman, the one thought he values greatly, to the laughter and scorn of insignificant men, is a key to hidden treasure chambers; for those others, it is nothing but a piece of old iron.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- How good bad music and bad reasons sound when one marches against an enemy!

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows us that faith proves nothing.

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

Friedrich Nietzsche - from the book Lies my Teacher Told Me. By James W. Loewen (1995)
- Memory says, I did that. Pride replies, I could not have done that. Eventually memory yields.

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

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

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- "Every man has his price." This is not true. But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing. To win over certain people to something, it is only necessary to give it a gloss of love of humanity, nobility, gentleness, self-sacrifice - and there is nothing you cannot get them to swallow. To their souls, these are the icing, the tidbit; other kinds of souls have others.

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

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Convictions are more dangerous enemies of the truth than lies.

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- Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Gay Science, section 130
- The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

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- The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146
- He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

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

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Gay Science, section 166
- We are always in our own company.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil
- What a time experiences as evil, is usually an untimely echo of what was formerly experienced as good--the atavism of a more ancient ideal.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.

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

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.

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

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- It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- That which is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.

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- At the 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.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Only sick music makes money today.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Gay Science, section 108
- God is dead.

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

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do??

Friedrich Nietzsche - "The Will to Power"
- The world itself is the will to power - and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power - and nothing else!

Friedrich Nietzsche - The World to Power, section 1064
- This world is the will to power - and nothing besides!

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

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

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

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- 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 - "Human, All Too Human" page 87, #120.
- If the belief [in Christianity] did not make us happy, it would not be believed: how little it must then be worth!

Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra
- In a friend one should have ones best enemy. You should be closest to him with your heart when you resist him.

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- At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Dawn, Sec. 297
- 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.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Der Fall Wagner, Section 5
- Only sick music makes money today.

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

Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 153
- What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Human, All Too Human
- People who comprehend a thing to its very depths rarely stay faithful to it forever. For they have brought its depths into the light of day: and in the depths there is always much that is unpleasant to see.

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Antichrist, section 16
- In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra
- It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Every extension of knowledge arises from making the conscious the unconscious.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Twilight of the Idols-- "Maxims and Arrows"
- THE DISAPPOINTED MAN SPEAKS.--I sought great human beings, I never found anything but the APES of their ideal.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra
- Life without music would be a mistake.

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

Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil aphorism 78
- Whoever despises himself still respects himself as one who despises.

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

Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra
- One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Gay Science, section 191
- The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Maturity consists in having rediscovered the seriousness one had as a child at play.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Who is better, they who promote truth over happiness, or happiness over truth?

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

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Antichrist, section 2
- What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- In heaven all the interesting people are missing.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Twilight of the Idols---"Maxims and Arrows"
- I mistrust all systemizers and avoid them. The will to a system is a lack of integrity.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- One should never know too precisely whom one has married.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Morality is the greatest of all tools for leading mankind by the nose.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Thinking evil is making evil.

Friedrich Nietzsche - "On Reading and Writing"
- There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age he would have repudiated his doctrine.

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

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- Man is more ape than many of the apes.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Also Sprach Zarathustra, Chapter 29
- But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Gay Science, section 283
- For believe me: the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and greatest enjoyment is - to live dangerously.

Friedrich Nietzsche - The Gay Science, section 41
- 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.

Friedrich Nietzsche -
- He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.