Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

Friedrich Nietzsche is a name you may have not heard of but has had a profound influence on our modern philosophy and intellectual history. The German philosopher (1844-1900) is known for his body of work which touched subjects such as art, history, culture, religion, poetry, philology and much more. Researching quotes for this list I have discovered three books of his on over 4/5 stars that I want to read now.

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes:

  • “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  •  “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  •  “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “There are no facts, only interpretations. ” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “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
  • “Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings-always darker, emptier and simpler.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends. Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.– Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day.– Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Main thought! The individual himself is a fallacy. Everything which happens in us is in itself something else which we do not know. ‘The individual’ is merely a sum of conscious feelings and judgments and misconceptions, a belief, a piece of the true life system or many pieces thought together and spun together, a ‘unity’, that doesn’t hold together. We are buds on a single tree—what do we know about what can become of us from the interests of the tree! But we have a consciousness as though we would and should be everything, a phantasy of ‘I’ and all ‘not I.’ Stop feeling oneself as this phantastic ego! Learn gradually to discard the supposed individual! Discover the fallacies of the ego! Recognize  egoism asfallacy! The opposite is not to be understood as altruism! This would be love of other supposed individuals! No! Get beyond ‘myself’ and ‘yourself’!  Experience cosmically!” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Christianity is called the religion of pity. Pity stands opposed to the tonic emotions which heighten our vitality! It has a depressing effect. We are deprived of strength when we feel pity. That loss of strength which suffering as such inflict on life is still further increased and multiplied by pity. Pity makes suffering contagious. Under certain circumstances, it may engender a total loss of life and vitality out of all proportion to the magnitude of the cause…” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Self-interest is worth as much as the person who has it: it can be worth a great deal, and it can be unworthy and contemptible. Every individual may be scrutinized to see whether he represents the ascending or the descending line of life. Having made that decision, one has a canon for the worth of his self-interest. If he represents the ascending line, then his worth is indeed extraordinary―and for the sake of life as a whole, which takes a step farther through him, the care for his preservation and for the creation of the best conditions for him may even be extreme.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Judgments, judgments of value, concerning life, for it or against it, can, in the end, never be true: they have value only as symptoms, they are worthy of consideration only as symptoms; in themselves such judgments are stupidities. One must by all means stretch out one’s fingers and make the attempt to grasp this amazing finesse, that the value of life cannot be estimated.“ – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “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
  • “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. – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “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
  • “All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think.– Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Certain aspects of Nietzsche’s work were used by the Nazi Party of the 1930s–’40s as justification for their action. This misleading use of his work may be the reason why some people have not heard his name before. Regardless towards what some people believe Nietzsche criticizes anti-Semites in much of his writings in the examples that I have seen.

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