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Nietzsche called The Gay Science "the most personal of all my books." It was here that he 1st proclaimed the death of God--to which a large part of the book is devoted--& his doctrine of the eternal recurrence. Walter Kaufmann's commentary, with its many quotations from previously untranslated letters, brings to life Nietzsche as a human being & illuminates his phi ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published February 1996 by Newton Compton (first published 1882)
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Zawn Villines
If you read Nietzsche while not in the midst of some variety of emo existential crisis, Nietzsche is hilarious and insightful. If, however, you choose to read Nietzsche in high school in order to be counter-culture, odds are good Nietzsche will temporarily turn you into a horrible, pompous ass. Nietzsche is the first philosopher I ever read; I stole The Gay Science from my cousin's book shelf when I was nine because I wanted to read "what smart people read." Ever since then, Nietzsche and I have ...more
What makes us heroic? - confronting simultaneously our supreme suffering and our supreme hope. - Nietzsche, The Gay Science

Aphorisms! Tons of 'em! All in a seemingly random miscellaneous structure. Important epistemological questions are asked, profound observations are made and Nietzsche's key themes are introduced.

The aphorisms are anywhere from one sentence to several paragraphs in length and each has a title and number, with the original German on the opposite page. They kinda feel off-the-
Epic Nietzsche. My favorite Nietzsche text (and Nietzsche is my most favorite thinking creature of all time, so this means a lot) - somehow managing to be provocative, meditative, accessible, and entertaining in one stroke! One of those rare books that you can actually pick up, flip to any page, and read, without wondering all that much about what came before. I utilized many ideas presented in this book as jumping off points in my master's thesis, and were it not for the constrictions of time, ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
The Joyful Wisdom or the Gay Science, is to me, a bit different from the other Nietzsche books I've read. The general philosophies of the writer are present yet the volume creates in the reader a sense of power, fulfilment, achievement... Upon all he postulates are reasons to overcome such and conquer.

Here he also presents his philosophy, 'God is Dead', as stated in section 108:
After Buddha was dead, people
showed his shadow for centuries afterwards in a
cave,—an immense frightful shadow. God is d

So far in my philosophical venture into the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, I have read both this work and his Beyond Good and Evil. However, while I gave Beyond Good and Evil 3 stars, I feel that this is a better work academically and so give it the higher 4 star rating. In this The Gay Science, many of Nietzsche's key ideas come together in a much clearer manner, and it is easier to understand his views on concepts I feel he lacks more ignorance (religions for instance).

The title of this work st
"What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you in your loneliest loneliness and say to you:
"This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence—even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this m
Another book that doesn't need a review and probably shouldn't be reviewed by anyone today (one wonders if Nietzsche would look at the terrain of the world today and wonder if his "free spirits" and "philosophers the day after tomorrow" would ever arrive), but here it is! We didn't read this back in the seminar I took in college, focusing more on his other "major" works. But I think I like this one best of all, not only for its levity and joy, but because it contains kernels of all of his major ...more

This is one of those very-hard-to-categorize books. Poor Fred really did go to the outer limits of what could be possible, what can be thought, how far humans could go morally, aesthetically, etc.

Forget the stoned, peach fuzz'd, wild-eyed undergrad or high school kid with bad breath who reads this stuff all day and thinks he's a nascent ubermensch.

Nietzsche's the real deal and this is one of the books that sort of shows him stretching himself as far as he can. It's actually almost kind of a
While certain parts of this book are overtly misogynistic and anti-Semitic, I appreciate some of his writings on artistic creation and seeking knowledge. The best part of my experience with this book was the looks I would get from other people while I was reading it on the train. People don't quite know what to do with someone who reads Nietzsche in his or her spare time.
Dec 30, 2013 David marked it as eventually-read  ·  review of another edition
Gilgamesh  Nabeel
هو أول كتاب متكامل أقرأه لنيتشه، فقد قرأت في السابق كتابا عن فلسفته بصورة عامّة وقد رأيت في الكثير من التحامل وقلّة الحياديّة. في هذا الكتاب عشقت أشعار نيتشه وعباراته القصيرة بشكل يفوق ما وجدته في نثره، أراه يبرع في التعبير عن أفكاره بإيجاز وإقتضاب.

يناقش الكتاب الفلسفات المختلفة كهيغل وكانط وأبيقور وغيرها من مدارس الفلسفة اليونانيّة، يتكلّم عن الموسيقى، عن فاغنر وروسّيني وغيرهم، عن اللغة الألمانية وإسم الشعب الألماني، عن الفن في كثير من المواضع، عن الممثّلين والنساء واليهود. يناقش إغتراب المفكّ
5 stars, but only if you skip the poetry.
One of the most astounding, exciting, challenging and joyful books that I've ever read. I'm not particularly good at separating the personal ideology of a writer from his work, so I never would have thought that I'd enjoy anything written by an ass like Nietzsche. But god, I fell in love with this book. We were assigned some selected passages for a course, but once I tumbled into it I couldn't stop reading. A professor (for a different course) once compared reading Nietzsche's aphorisms to drink ...more
Pierre E. Loignon
Après le sobre et abrasif « Humain...trop humain » que Nietzsche dicte à Peter Gast au cours des sombres jours qui suivent sa rupture avec son idole Wagner et au cours desquels il est particulièrement atteint par le mal qui le rongera désormais, l’espérance d’une rémission a bien fini par se faire sentir et, de son esprit convalescent, l’« Aurore » fragile a surgie avec légèreté, esquissant d’une manière encore indéterminée de sublimes possibilités à développer.
Et nous voilà soudain devant « Le
I read this book during slack time in medic school—probably not the wisest choice, but I did manage to convince a few hecklers to read it and to give it a try. They all reported good results with the few sections they read.

The book, to me, serves as a revaluation of how one could live his life—the invention of a pesudo Zorba the Buddha: completely in love with life, fascinated that he exists at all, yet completely happy to accept that he can only know Life in relation to his own Life.

It is, howe
John Hamer
I go back to this book again and again, but I've yet to plumb its depths or exhaust its riches. You don't read Nietzsche the way the pious read holy books; you read him the way tired undergraduates drink Red Bull. Reading Nietzsche is like taking a bolt of lightning to the head; it's like a bucket of ice cold water to the face first thing in the morning. Nietzsche forces you to wake up and think. He can make you mad sometimes. Really mad. He can make you laugh out loud. And he can make you cry.
A book of aphorisms and short passages, most of them less than a page long, commenting on a number of things including: philosophy, art, morality, religion and psychology. Includes the earliest appearances of two ideas associated with Nietzsche’s philosophy: the death of God and the doctrine of the Eternal Return (the notion that everything that happens, happens again and again in the exactly the same way, to infinity).
Nietzsche at his best- his most fun, probing, quoteable, lucid, and aphoristic book(if my memory serves me well), and among the least psychotic- any pretentious and self-important 19-year old ought to love this book, the silly mustache notwithstanding. When they get older, though they'll be a bit embarrassed, they should continue to love it; after all, there's quite a bit to be said for being self-important and 19.
S. K
آه يا نيتشه العظيم! بلا إذعان أو أمل يكتب دون حماسة : ''إنكم لا تعرفون إطلاقا ما يتفق لكم أن تعيشوه، تهرولون كما لو أن الوجود أسكركم، وإن سقطتم أسفل السلم من حين لآخر. لكن أعضاءكم تبقى سالمة بفضل سكركم، جد واهنة هي عضلاتكم وجد معتمة هي رأسكم لكي تحسوا مثلنا بصلابة هذه الدرجات !! أن نحيا، بالنسبة لنا هو في غاية المخاطرة: فنحن من زجاج ـ وويل لنا عند أدنى صدمة! سقطة واحدة وتكون نهاية كل شيء''.
The Gay Science mirrors the preoccupation of Nietzsche’s brilliant mind. It is unquestionably his most personal work. Nietzsche covered religion, art, speech, feminism, politics, heresy, witchcraft, sex, pain, writing and all of which can be related to his other books and letters.

The premise is densely written and not so gay after all. It has to be chewed over and over before it can be digested. Some passages left me bewildered, even after second or third reading. And each time I re-read those p
Nietzsche's Die Froliche Wissenschaft may be a great and brilliant book precisely because it is impossible to say exactly what it is about. On the one hand, we are given the Nietzsche who repudiates the assumptions of Christian morality and German Nationalism, as well as the familiar Nietzsche who rejects dogmatism and rationalism, but we are also given an unusual Nietzsche who discusses the tremendous potential of the theoretical and physical sciences. There are also profound discussions on wom ...more
Joseph Sverker
This is no doubt a brilliant book by a brilliant thinker. It is very obvious that Nietzsche does not like neither Plato, nor Christianity in this book, as if that would be any news. He stands for quite a unique brand of atheism though since he is able to criticize the "mainstream" atheist who simply thinks that s/he does not believe in God, but is not aware of the heritage of Christianity that that person is still following. Nietzsche takes the utilitarians as an example. Why is it a virtue with ...more
My view of Nietzche’s thinking rose considerably after reading “The Gay Science.” It is a much better work than “Twilight of the Idols” because Nietzsche actually constructs his own vision of an ideal morality, rather than merely attempting to destroy the Christian vision. Nietzsche’s vivid metaphors make the book as gripping as philosophy can be: “We have left the land and have embarked. We have burned our bridges behind us—indeed, we have gone father and destroyed the land behind us. Now, litt ...more
Nate Markham
Reading this book makes you feel like Indiana Jones on an adventure in the remains of a half burned ancient library. This seemed to be written for his readers, it is full of aside comments, inside jokes, and personal references to his own life, namely his sadness over a recent lost love and friendship. He said it is his most personal book. I don't think it is his best work, but it might be my favorite... I read the Cambridge translation not the Kaufman as shown here.

He uses allusion to tie in th
Rather than laying out a point and following it with arguments and counter arguments, Nietzsche makes declarations about the world and leaves you to argue for or against him. Even though this book is full of intentional contradictions it does cause the reader to think more about the world around them. However it fails to make a point. Normal philosophy desires to find a conclusion, and from this conclusion the reader is left to think about what was said, but this book only says things to think a ...more
Es mi primer obra de Nietzsche y no se si hice bien al comenzar pues me comentaron que es algo totalmente distinto de lo que acostumbra en sus otros libros. Yo lo vi como algo muy personal, algo muy suyo, un escrito lleno de Nietzsche en un estado eufórico donde plantea sus ideas sobre distintos temas. Su contenido es tan variopinto que se siente como si estuvieras leyendo varios libros. Las ideas están acomodadas como aforismos y quizás es lo que le dio un tono simple e inteligible a sus palabr ...more
i kept finding myself in agreement with a lot of Nietzsche's aphorisms and nuggets of wisdom. on more than one occasion i'd even realized that i had came to some of the same conclusions as Nietzsche, prior to reading his work. though that's not to say that his ideas are without flaw. the Déjà vu of reading his material was even more illuminating in the realization that i had absorbed Nietzsche's philosophies through other forms of western media and thought throughout my life. what a powerful thi ...more
Ahmed Azimov
عليك أن تُعطي نيتشه معولاً صغيراً - قلم - وسيقوم بهدم كل ماجاء به الإنسان المنحدر من السلالة الماهرة بعدّة طَرْقات شديدة التركيز

الحياة ماهي إلا إرادة قتال، إرادة قوة، تأكيد الذات هو الخير ذاته

الحقيقة؟ لماذا علينا أن نتبع ارادة الحقيقه؟

الواقع! مالواقع؟ حسنا يمكنك التعبير عنه بالأفكار المتناقضه، بقطع غير متصلة، اضرب واجري

الآلام تولّد الأفكار ، والأفكار تترعرع على اللذة والعاطفة والضمير والدماء والكوارث والقلوب المُنكبة

النظام الأخلاقي؟ الموضوع خارج عن السيطرة تماما

حيرة حيرة حيرة وهبوط بدون توقّف ،
D.S. Mattison
Aphorisms abound in this crucial translation of one of Nietzsche's most important texts. This is the birthplace of the eternal return. Homeland to the phrase "Live dangerously!" I am also told by my friend, Blixa, that Klaus Kinski has sung and recorded some of the songs, but that these recordings are nearly impossible to track down. A project for Herzog no doubt. Must read for any Nietzsche lover/scholar and not a bad book to pick up for the rest. Women needn't fear the misunderstandings mistak ...more
One of Nietzsche's finest - I've read this book so much over the years that the binding has fallen apart. Could easily (and not inappropriately) be read as one of the founding texts of atheism, modern art, moral relativism, etc. There's too much brilliance here to quote any one passage, but 'In the horizon of the infinite' and 'The madman' (124 & 125) are among the most famous passages. [In 1882 the word 'gay' didn't have the (homo)sexual connotations that it dominates its meaning today. Nie ...more
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900) is a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond. Central to his philosophy is the ide ...more
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