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“He who obeys, does not listen to himself!”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
“Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
“Man muss noch Chaos in sich haben, um einen tanzenden Stern gebären zu können. (You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.)”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
“Blessed are the forgetful; for they get over their stupidities, too.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
“Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“To find everything profound - that is an inconvenient trait. It makes one strain one's eyes all the time, and in the end one finds more than one might have wished.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“What then is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding. Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions — they are metaphors that have become worn out and have been drained of sensuous force.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“In music the passions enjoy themselves.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
tags: music
“A strong and well-constituted man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds all included) just as he digests his meats, even when he has some tough morsels to swallow. ”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“one does not only wish to be understood when one writes; one wishes just as surely not to be understood.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. ”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“One is fruitful only at the cost of being rich in contradictions.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
“In the end things must be as they are and have always been--the great things remain for the great, the abysses for the profound, the delicacies and thrills for the refined, and, to sum up shortly, everything rare for the rare.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
tags: life
“This is the hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Belief means not wanting to know what is true.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy
“Success has always been a great liar”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“They're so cold, these scholars!
May lightning strike their food
so that their mouths learn how
to eat fire!”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“One sticks to an opinion because he prides himself on having come to it on his own, and another because he has taken great pains to learn it and is proud to have grasped it: and so both do so out of vanity.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“إن الأحداث العظام ليست لحظاتنا الأكثر صخبا، بل تلك الأكثر سكونا”
Friedrich Nietzsche, هكذا تكلم زرادشت: كتاب للجميع ولغير أحد
“Living in a constant chase after gain compels people to expend their spirit to the point of exhaustion in continual pretense and overreaching and anticipating other. Virtue has come to consist of doing something in less time that someone else. Hours in which honesty is permitted have become rare, and when they arrive one is tired and does not only want to "let oneself go" but actually wishes to stretch out as long and wide and ungainly as one happens to be... Soon we may well reach the point where people can no longer give in to the desire for a vita contemplativa (that is, taking a walk with ideas and friends) without self-contempt and a bad conscience.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science
“What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, 'This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!' Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine'? ”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory is too good.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Memory says, 'I did that.' Pride replies, 'I could not have done that.' Eventually, memory yields.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“There is a certain right by which we many deprive a man of life, but none by which we may deprive him of death; this is mere cruelty.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human
“The overman...Who has organized the chaos of his passions, given style to his character, and become creative. Aware of life's terrors, he affirms life without resentment. ”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Virtue is under certain circumstances merely an honorable form of stupidity: who could be ill-disposed toward it on that account? And this kind of virtue has not been outlived even today. A kind of sturdy peasant simplicity, which, however, is possible in all classes and can be encountered only with respect and a smile, believes even today that everything is in good hands, namely in the "hands of God"; and when it maintains this proportion with the same modest certainty as it would that two and two make four, we others certainly refrain from contradicting. Why disturb THIS pure foolishness? Why darken it with our worries about man, people, goal, future? And even if we wanted to do it, we could not. They project their own honorable stupidity and goodness into the heart of things (the old God, deus myops, still lives among them!); we others — we read something else into the heart of things: our own enigmatic nature, our contradictions, our deeper, more painful, more mistrustful wisdom.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power
“Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot, a bad apple, is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn't. ”
Friedrich Nietzsche


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