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Human, All Too Human

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,463 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
This volume presents Nietzsche's remarkable collection of almost 1400 aphorisms in R. J. Hollingdale's distinguished translation, together with a new historical introduction by Richard Schacht. Subtitled "A Book for Free Spirits," Human, All Too Human marked for Nietzsche a new "positivism" and skepticism with which he challenged his previous metaphysical and psychological ...more
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Published November 7th 1996 by Cambridge University Press (first published July 4th 1878)
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Glenn Russell
Sep 03, 2015 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

There are many generalizations and sweeping judgments made about Nietzsche and his philosophy. I find such remarks next to useless. For me, there is only one way to approach Nietzsche – read each paragraph and maxim and aphorism slowly and carefully and arrive at my own conclusions after seeing how his words apply to my own life. As by way of example, below are several of his shorter aphorisms from this book coupled with my comments.

“FROM CANNIBAL COUNTRY – In solitude the lonely man is eaten u
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Jason
Apr 11, 2007 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Free spirits and open minds
Shelves: philosophy
The Nietzsche of his middle period is, in my view, the best, before his mental breakdown. There is less of the crazed polemic in this work than, say, in Ecce Homo, Zarathustra, or Twilight of the Idols, although Nietzsche, being Nietzsche, never takes prisoners in his attacks. Still, there is a good deal of thoughtful reflection on philosophy, culture, religion, family, and marriage that are worth considering.
Hatebeams
Sep 30, 2010 Hatebeams marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My copy was stolen before I could finish, but I did get at least as far as aphorism 201 - and what a gem it is! I keep a copy in my workstation at all times and will transcribe it here. I edited the text a little for extra venom (not usually necessary with FWN!).


201
Bad writers necessary. There will always have to be bad writers, for they reflect the taste of CRETINS who have needs as much as the mature do. If human life were longer, there would be more of the individuals who have matured than o
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Rachel
Though I really enjoyed this book and love studying the works of Nietzsche, Sartre, and others, I'm reminded of a quote recently use on the Daily Show: "I was once a college sophomore, too".

Quoting this book or carrying it around with you on the bus on your way to work doesn't necessarily transform you into someone with deep, cutting insight into our existentialist situation...nor does it make you the "overman". Remember: We all took the same PHIL 101 classes;)
Bradley
Nov 27, 2009 Bradley rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite book by Nietzsche excluding Thus Spoke Zarathustra. If you love aphorisms that pack a punch then this will be right up your alley. Not a laborious read like some "treatise" philosophy, but witty, controversial, eloquent, and brutally honest.
My favorite aphorism - "Life consists of rare individual moments of the highest significance and countless intervals in which at best the phantoms of those moments hover over us. Love, spring, a beautiful melody, the mountains, the moon,
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Ricky
Jan 02, 2013 Ricky rated it really liked it
A fun read for the iconoclastic teenager, as all teenagers should be - and, well, everybody else, too. Try to read the book without prejudice, or rather in spite of it, no: in conflict with it. And remember, as probably with all books, where and when it was written - long before the Nazis and the European World Wars, after the Enlightenment, at the end of Romanticism and the birth of Existentialism (loved Dostoevsky), 30 years after "The Origin of the Species", 100 years before The Satanic Verse ...more
سارة
يناقش نيتشه كيف يترقى الإنسان بذاته لكي يصبح إنسانا مفرطا في إنسانيته ويبتعد ويوسع الهوة بينه وبين الحيوان.
Fouz Aljameel
Mar 09, 2011 Fouz Aljameel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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هناك وجه شبه بين نيتشه وميخائيل نعيمه .. اللغة ، الإنسانية ، التأملات الوجودية ، لا أعلم ..
Holly Lindquist
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Abdulaziz Al-Mannai
أبهرني في الكتاب دقة ملاحظات نيتشه، حول كل شيء، والتي لا تنتج إلا عن مراقبةٍ طويلةٍ جدًا، أو ذكية.
وكما أن القهوة تُشرب على مهل، كما يقول درويش، فإن نيتشه كذلك، يُقرأُ على مهل.

وستظل تقرأ لنيتشه حتى تظن أنهُ راقبَ العالم كله، دفعةً واحدة!
Lady Jane
Oct 16, 2011 Lady Jane rated it it was amazing
Allegedly, Nietzsche wrote this piece after he broke his friendship with Wagner, the musician Nietzsche formerly idolized; soon after he began to break away from his fondness for the romanticism of music and art. This shift in attitude is strongly conveyed in this amazing work, Human, All Too Human. As Marion Faber writes in the introduction, "Judging from its sour title, it would certainly be a book which differed from its visionary and utopian predecessors. 'Human, all too human' is kind of a ...more
ماهرعبد الرحمن
شخصيا أفضل ترجمته إلى: إنسانى مفرط فى إنسانيته
نيتشه، هذا المدمر(الديناميت كما وصف نفسه)، أيضا كان "إنسانى مفرط فى إنسانيته".كتب مره عن الوحده يقول:المتوحـد يلتهم نفسه في العـزلة ومع الحشـود تلتهمـه أعـداد لا متنـاهية.وكان دائما يشكو من وحدته تلك “لا أريد أن أكون وحيدا, وأرجو أن أتعلم مرة أخرى كيف أصبح كائنا إنسانيا. أجل, ففي هذا المجال يجب أن أتعلم شيئا“و بالنسبة لمن يشعر هكذا فإن “حتى الضوضاء تكون عزاء بالنسبة [له]“إن فلسفة نيتشه كانت إرادة للقوة، لكنها أبدا ما تحققت كقوة فعلية.إن نيتشه وإن بدا
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Sye
Jul 15, 2012 Sye added it
Something about this book feeds my soul. I think the world should be more open to Nietzche. His thoughts and speculations were so different from mine, but it did change me a little in that I should rely less on my emotions and abandon some of my irrational and emotional conclusions about the world. I think much of what he says is quite interesting and worth the read.
Louis
Dec 31, 2015 Louis rated it it was amazing
Clocking in at 509 pages, with 638 (part I) and 350 (part II) aphorisms, not taking into account the introduction, this book truly was a behemoth.

I think a lot of misconceptions are circulating about Nietzsche. The fact that he is a pure nihilist, for instance.
For starters, nihilism is a term difficult to delineate.
Wikipedia says that nihilism is a "philosophical doctrine that suggests the lack of belief in one or more reputedly meaningful aspects of life.
Most commonly, nihilism is presented i
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Nikolaus Geromont
Human, All Too Human is the first from Nietzche's canon to feature the crucial concepts of his later (and better known) philosophy, such as the will to power, the idea of the Übermensch, and the need to transcend conventional Christian morality. His book was reportedly born out of a personal crisis, shortly after he had concluded his friendship to Wagner, a time when he arguably matured as a philosopher. From these writings Nietzsche would in due course deliver achievements such as Thus spake Za ...more
Andrew
Who knew that the early Nietzsche could be so likable? The Nietzsche of Human, All Too Human is the funny guy at the cocktail party, who deploys his zingers against religion, art, society, and other such things. If we were Victorians, we'd call him a popinjay. Nowadays, we'd say he's a little like Christopher Hitchens or something. Later Nietzsche, just a douchebag. Early Nietzsche, hilarious! And OK with other humans!

It's hard to call this philosophy. There's no system. I don't however, have a
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Sara Aljaryan
Nov 11, 2013 Sara Aljaryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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عن انسان مفرط في انسانيتة، عن مفضلي نيتشه اتحدث حول روعة تحليله للامور والمواقف المرافقة للحياة ، عن فلسفته لامور الدين والديانات، المذاهب ، المال، الحب، الاخلاق، حتى عن منهجية الفكر وتشعباتها وغيرها كثيرة،، كان فلسفة منطقية، دقيقة، ذات نظرة بعيدة المدى، من الممكن انها كانت ملائمة في التحليل ، خلال الفترة االاولى لظهورها كفلسفة ، بغض النظر عن المؤيدين والرافضين في وقتها ، لكن الان بالتأكيد اجدها ملائمة ،دقيقة و جدا في تحليل تلك الامور التي نعيشها اليوم، و رغم اختلاف العقليات بمرور الازمان، لكن ا ...more
Rosa Ramôa
Jun 26, 2015 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Genética Condiciona a Felicidade


Uma era de felicidade simplesmente não é possível porque as pessoas querem apenas desejá-la, mas não possuí-la, e cada indivíduo aprende durante os seus bons tempos a de facto rezar por inquietações e desconforto. O destino do homem está projetado para momentos felizes — toda a vida os têm —, mas não para eras felizes. Estas, porém, permanecerão fixadas na imaginação humana como "o que está além das montanhas", como um legado de nossos ancestrais: pois o concei
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Philipp
A large collection of more than a thousand aphorisms (and a few poems and dialogues) split up into two books. The first book is split up by theme (morality, religion, the state, women etc.) - the second book is more loosely structured. You get a ton of thoughts ranging from a few sentences to a few pages; the best part being that you can see how cleanly Nietzsche develops a thought over a few inter-connected aphorism (and then comes back to it later, only to refute it). It's like reading through ...more
Onyango Makagutu
The criticisms on religion in this book are as valid as they were when they were first written.
I have enjoyed my second reading of this volume by one of the greatest minds to have walked on earth.
Shahrouz
Apr 08, 2010 Shahrouz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب سر آغاز حرکت نیچه در جدا شدن از راه فیلسوف های هم دوره و سابق خودشه ، و اساس حرفاش بر این نکته س که هیچ چیزی متعالی و فرای انسانی وجود نداره و همه چیز انسانی و زیادی انسانیه.

Andrew Hunt
Jan 19, 2015 Andrew Hunt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
A few remarks on a great work. - Human, All Too Human is one of Nietzsche's earlier efforts. As such, its one thousand, three hundred and ninety-six aphorisms come across as, not the ravings of a lunatic (see Ecce Homo), but merely the ramblings of an eccentric. This, as is well known, is the hallmark of the best philosophy.

Perhaps the reason for the relative lack of attention this voluminous book receives in the literature lies in its dearth of references to what are considered the quintessenti
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Mari
Mar 22, 2009 Mari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are a few reviews already drawing comparisons (in style at least) to Nietzche's aphorisms and Wittgenstein's. They both carry a feeling of ironic self-criticism and an uncertainty that they will ultimately be able to express what they want to express. Self-deception, after all, is a key theme in both authors' writing.

518 - "Human lot . Whoever thinks more deeply knows that he is always wrong, whatever his acts and judgments."

491 - "Self-observation . Man is very well defended against himse
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Phil
This is a really good read for those interested in the development of Nietzsche's thought, though it is not one to be taken alone. The reason being is that it makes a complete 180 from The Birth of Tragedy in a short period of time. The ideas found in this book indicate most importantly his change in direction from his original, moderate idealism, relatively speaking,for he was never so far gone as to metaphysics as we categorize philosophers as idealists such as men like Berkley, and so you get ...more
David Buhler
Aug 22, 2012 David Buhler rated it really liked it
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This book works at painting a portrait of the human condition, as it is often called. And what a condition it is! Nietzsche recommends that we regard life with "philosophical observation" and find in it a source of entertainment.

A few good quotes:

"....psychological observation - is among the means whereby the burden of life can be made lighter, that practice in this art affords presence of mind in difficult situations and entertainment amid a wearisone environment, aye that maxims may be culle
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Raoul
Mar 02, 2016 Raoul rated it it was amazing
Food for thought? More like drugs for thought.

For example: "Let note be taken of children who cry and scream in order to be compassionated and who, therefore, await the moment when their condition will be observed; come into contact with the sick and the oppressed in spirit and try to ascertain if the wailing and sighing, the posturing and posing of misfortune do not have as end and aim the causing of pain to the beholder: the sympathy which each beholder manifests is a consolation to the weak a
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Eya Beldi
Feb 08, 2016 Eya Beldi rated it liked it
this book made my brain freeze about a lot of stuff and made me question my basis.
I liked these paragraphs :
"there are no internal facts as there are no absolute truths."
" logic itself rests upon assumptions which nothing in the world of reality corresponds."
"it is the same with the science of mathematics which certainly would never have come into existence of mankind had known from the beginning that in all nature there is no perfectly straight line no true circle no standard of measurement."
James
Aug 17, 2008 James rated it it was amazing
Aphorisms. Brilliant, Maddening, Exciting. I'd have to check with my Nietzsche friends, but I think this books marks the beginning of his mature work. As such, I think it is a good place to start and the format--aphorisms, like I said--is good for chewing--ruminating. I enjoyed this immensely and subsequently felt pretty comfortable with his denser works because I felt I had learned, somewhat, to read him. Of course, Nietzsche is best if he just kind of naturally makes sense to you and he seems ...more
Sanity Assasin
May 15, 2012 Sanity Assasin rated it liked it
Nietzsche strives to seperate science & truth, christianity being the mixing bowl with the morals that branch from it. He engenders his "will to power" vehemently. The renunciation of the modus operandi of current society, mostly crying out for the inversion of lower class or caste values, is tagged as defunct, a way of life leading only to weakness and mediocrity. I feel the one thing he could not have masked, if indeed he coveted any stupidity in himself, was his burning insatiability to i ...more
Liam
Mar 02, 2016 Liam rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophical
I shall try keep this simple.
Introduction --> Audience --> Criticisms --> Examples For Potential Readers

1. Introduction

It is hard to review half a year's time with a thing, human or not.



I call this book "my athiest's bible"—a collection of 1000+ opinions on 'what is good', if no form of God or afterlife exists. Most of these statements are about 7 sentences long (see 4. for examples).



I was expecting this to be really tough to read, let alone interpret with any meaning for myself. I

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  • The World as Will and Representation, Vol 2
  • Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
  • Nietzsche, Volumes 3&4: The Will to Power as Knowledge and as Metaphysics & Nihilism
  • What Is Philosophy?
  • The Ego and Its Own
  • Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography
  • Either/Or, Part I (Kierkegaard's Writings, Volume 3)
  • The Waste Books
  • A Treatise of Human Nature
  • Phenomenology of Spirit
  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
  • Creative Evolution
  • Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (Texts in the History of Philosophy)
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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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