Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nietzsche Quotes

Short Overview:

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900) (German pronunciation: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈvɪlhəlm ˈniːtʃə]) was a nineteenth-century German philosopher and classical philologist. He wrote critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, using a distinctive German language style and displaying a fondness for metaphor and aphorism. Nietzsche's influence remains substantial within and beyond philosophy, notably in existentialism and postmodernism. His style and radical questioning of the value and objectivity of truth raise considerable problems of interpretation, generating an extensive secondary literature in both continental and analytic philosophy. Nevertheless, some of his key ideas include interpreting tragedy as an affirmation of life, an eternal recurrence (which numerous commentators have re-interpreted), a rejection of Platonism, and a repudiation of both Christianity (especially 19th-century) and Egalitarianism (especially in the form of Democracy and Socialism).

Nietzsche began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. At the age of 24 he was appointed to the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel (the youngest individual ever to have held this position),[1] but resigned in 1879 because of health problems, which would plague him for most of his life. In 1889 he exhibited symptoms of serious mental illness, living out his remaining years in the care of his mother and sister until his death in 1900.

The Quotes:
  • In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
  • There are no facts, only interpretations.
  • A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
  • Out of life's school of war: What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.
  • Only sick music makes money today.
  • It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.
  • Without music, life would be a mistake.
  • How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.
  • To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
  • Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true.
  • Convictions are the more dangerous enemy of truth than lies.
  • He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you.
  • Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?
  • Man is more ape than many of the apes.
  • He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.
  • There is not enough religion in the world to destroy the world's religions
  • The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
  • In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
  • Every extension of knowledge arises from making the conscious the unconscious.
  • Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
  • Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.
  • In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
  • It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
  • Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
  • One should never know too precisely whom one has married.
  • Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
  • One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
  • Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age he would have repudiated his doctrine.
  • Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
  • I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
  • Hope in reality is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs the torments of man.
  • Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated.
  • How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.
  • Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
  • The world itself is the will to power - and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power - and nothing else!
  • In a friend one should have ones best enemy. You should be closest to him with your heart when you resist him.
  • Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology.
  • All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.
  • A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.
  • Memory says, I did that. Pride replies, I could not have done that. Eventually memory yields.
  • The higher a man gets, the smaller he seems to those who cannot fly.

1 comment:

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