Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

Who is Friedrich Nietzsche?

German nineteenth century philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche is known for his profound influence on Western philosophy, his nihilism and his giant moustache.

Nietzsche's concepts of the Übermensch were later adopted and mutilated by Hitler's Nazi-party. His best known work is Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

Born October 15, 1844
Died August 25, 1900

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Best 68 Quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche | Page 1 of 3

“A casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”

“A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.”

“After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.”

“Ah, women! They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.”

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

“Distrust in all whom the impulse to punish is powerful.”

“Faith: not wanting to know what the truth is.”

“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.”

“He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.”

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”

“Hold a true friend with both your hands.”

“I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.”

“I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.”

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“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”

“Insanity in individuals is rare – but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.”

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“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”

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“Is it better to out-monster the monster or to be quietly devoured?”

“Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?”

“It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation.”

“Man is the cruelest animal.”

“Man is the sick animal.’ Man is the animal that doesn’t know what to do with itself. The mind has many possibilities, but we can live no more than one life. What are we going to do with ourselves?”

“Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen. Few in pursuit of the goal.”

“Maturity means reacquiring the seriousness one had as a child at play.”

“Morality is herd instinct in the individual.”

“No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

“Nobody is more inferior than those who insist on being equal.”

“Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.”

“One ought to hold on to one’s heart. For if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.”

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“One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.”

“Only sick music makes money today.”

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“We've heard many people say and have often said ourselves that justice is doing one's own work and not meddling with what isn't one's own. Then, it turns out that this doing one's own work – provided that it comes to be in a certain way – is justice.”

The Republic

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