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Human, All Too Human; A Book for Free Spirits

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1915. Excerpt: ... HISTORY OF THE MORAL FEELINGS. 35 Advantages of Psychological Observation. --That reflection regarding the human, all-toohuman--or as the learned jargon is: psychological observation--is among ...more
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Published January 2nd 2012 by General Books (first published July 4th 1878)
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Glenn Russell

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
Apr 11, 2007 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!).

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
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;)
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,
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
Holly Lindquist
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Lady Jane
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
Fouz Aljameel
هناك وجه شبه بين نيتشه وميخائيل نعيمه .. اللغة ، الإنسانية ، التأملات الوجودية ، لا أعلم ..
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
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
Rosa Ramôa
"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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sara Aljaryan
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
Mike Maxwell
This is Nietzsche finding his footing; somewhere between his early Dionysiac-oriented work and his later literary flowering, Human, All Too Human finds Nietzsche in a transitional period.

Organized in to aphorisms ranging in length from a couple of lines to a dozen or so pages, most of this was written in brief notes that he would take while on long walks, and fleshed out later in its final form. This method of composition is evident in the book itself, which is somewhat fragmentary, although thi
Nietzsche was one of the names that attracted me in my youth, as he seemed to my teenage mind, very "punk rock." I found him to be just a grumpy German (or as I now know, more precisely, a Prussian) who said some radical things, if not a bit reactionary seeming to me at the time. I could sense that he was probably more of a gadfly in his time, but my empty youth only had my limited experience and intuition to judge this fiery philosopher. This and Zarathustra were the first books I read by him t ...more
Tony Go
One of my co-workers saw me reading this book and said: "You're alright." in that slow genuinely appreciative way. He later referred to himself as the anti-christ and asked me how well his wife performed.*

*His wife was one of my professors in college. Not making this up: I discovered they were a couple based on their beverage preference of Perrier.
Chris Kaeff
"Everyone knows from experience how fast the dreamer can incorporate into his dream a loud sound he hears, bell ringing, for example, or cannon fire, how he can explain it after the fact from his dream, so that he believes he is experiencing first the occasioning factors, and then that sound."
Great way to access nietzsche's heart & soul! Ha!
NO really- great book that I have used on many occassions to prove points to my husband. It's been a great resource. I can see why he died all lonely.... but he was brilliant.
Oct 17, 2007 Hesam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any young spirit
Study of the book for the youngsters would be remarkable in challenging the idea of usual poeple and life, Making wise spirits. While Gazing into abyss of Neitzche's aphorisms would be exciting & terrifiyng; It's a dark abyss.
A very contradictory, scathing, and surprisingly witty book. Goes on about 'free spirits'. Almost all of the remarkss are only too relevent now. Unconventional, but brilliant in its own way.
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How to begin reading Nietzsche 3 135 Apr 16, 2013 09:06PM  
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  • Either/Or: A Fragment of Life
  • Nietzsche and Philosophy (European Perspectives)
  • Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
  • Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography
  • Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
  • Nietzsche, Volumes One and Two
  • Creative Evolution
  • The Ego and Its Own
  • Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology
  • Phenomenology of Perception
  • Phenomenology of Spirit
  • Culture and Value
  • A Treatise of Human Nature
  • A Short History of Decay
  • A History of Philosophy 3: Ockham to Suarez
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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