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Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

Updated on March 2, 2014

Who was Friedrich Nietzsche?

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was a major influence on German and French writers and philosophers of the 20th century. Nietzsche was a genius of aphoristic form and use of contradictions as a critic of culture and a German philosopher.

Nietzsche had strong convictions against Christianity and felt that instead of worshipping gods, man should concentrate on his own becoming. Many philosophers found it difficult to take his writings seriously as he was often misrepresented as an anti-Semite and a woman hater.

Nietzsche suffered a mental breakdown in Turin, Italy in 1889, and was was found crying in a street embracing a horse. Nietzsche died August 25, 1900 under his family's care.

~ What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. ~


~ All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. ~

~ I love those who do not know how to live for today. ~

~ The future influences the present just as much as the past. ~

~ We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers. ~

~ We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. ~

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

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

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

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


~ It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. ~


~ Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. ~

~ There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. ~

~ Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent. ~

~ A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love. ~

~ There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. ~

~ One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too. ~

~ When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? ~


~ To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.~


~ Fear is the mother of morality.~

~ Idleness is the parent of psychology. ~

~ He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~

~ Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies. ~

~ He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either. ~

~ One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. ~

~ Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier and simpler. ~

~ The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. ~

~ It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters. ~

~ It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge. ~

~ Behind all their personal vanity, women themselves always have an impersonal contempt for woman. ~

~Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?~


~ Woman was God's second mistake. ~


~ Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil. ~

~ A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends. ~

~ When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets. ~

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

~ A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still: you must not want to see everything. ~

~ Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate. ~

~ You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. ~


~ Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual. ~


~ The lie is a condition of life. ~

~ Success has always been a great liar. ~

~ We have art in order not to die of the truth. ~

~ The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy. ~

~ One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. ~

~ The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions. ~

~ The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything. ~

~ 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. ~

~ The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception. ~

~ Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had. ~


~ In everything one thing is impossible: rationality. ~

~ In praise there is more obtrusiveness than in blame. ~

~ In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. ~

~ Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings. ~

~ Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves? ~

~ If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn. ~

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

~ If a woman possesses manly virtues one should run away from her; and if she does not possess them she runs away from herself. ~


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      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      This one gave me a chuckle: Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent

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