83 Wise Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes


1. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


2. “Life is the will to power; our natural desire to dominate and reshape the world to fit our own preferences and assert our personal strength to the fullest degree.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


3. “There’s no defense against stupidity.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


4. “One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

5. “The most intelligent men, like the strongest, find their happiness where others would find only disaster: in the labyrinth, in being hard with themselves and with others, in effort; their delight is self-mastery; in them asceticism becomes second nature, a necessity, as instinct.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


6. “We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


7. “One can promise actions, but not feelings, for the latter are involuntary. He who promises to love forever or hate forever or be forever faithful to someone is promising something that is not in his power.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


8. “Love your enemies because they bring out the best in you.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


9. “There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


10. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE



11. “And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


12. “There is no more dreary or more repulsive creature than the man who has evaded his genius.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


13. “People are always angry at anyone who chooses very individual standards for his life; because of the extraordinary treatment which that man grants to himself, they feel degraded, like ordinary beings.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


14. “The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


15. “The means by which Julius Caesar defended himself against sickliness and headaches: tremendous marches, the most frugal way of life, uninterrupted sojourn in the open air, continuous exertion—these are, in general, the universal rules of preservation and protection against the extreme vulnerability of that subtle machine, working under the highest pressure, which we call genius.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


16. “There are no facts, only interpretations.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


17. “It seems to me that a human being with the very best of intentions can do immeasurable harm, if he is immodest enough to wish to profit those whose spirit and will are concealed from him.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


18. “Success has always been a great liar.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


19. “What is the task of higher education? To make a man into a machine. What are the means employed? He is taught how to suffer being bored.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


20. “For what purpose humanity is there should not even concern us: why you are here, that you should ask yourself: and if you have no ready answer, then set for yourself goals, high and noble goals, and perish in pursuit of them!” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


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21. “Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


22. “Do not allow yourselves to be deceived: Great Minds are Skeptical.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


23. “Young people love what is interesting and odd, no matter how true or false it is. More mature minds love what is interesting and odd about truth. Fully mature intellects, finally, love truth, even when it appears plain and simple, boring to the ordinary person; for they have noticed that truth tends to reveal its highest wisdom in the guise of simplicity.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


24. “Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


25. “There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


26. “In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


27. “To one who is accustomed to thinking a lot, every new thought that he hears or reads about immediately appears as a link in a chain.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


28. “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


29. “Fear is the mother of morality.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE



30.  “The more abstract the truth you want to teach, the more thoroughly you must seduce the senses to accept it.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


31. “Self-interest is worth as much as the person who has it: it can be worth a great deal, and it can be unworthy and contemptible. Every individual may be scrutinized to see whether he represents the ascending or the descending line of life. Having made that decision, one has a canon for the worth of his self-interest. If he represents the ascending line, then his worth is indeed extraordinary―and for the sake of life as a whole, which takes a step farther through him, the care for his preservation and for the creation of the best conditions for him may even be extreme.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


32. “Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


33. “Nobody is more inferior than those who insist on being equal.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


34. “The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


35. “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


36. “Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


37. “If there is to be art, if there is to be any aesthetic doing and seeing, one physiological condition is indispensable: frenzy. Frenzy must first have enhanced the excitability of the whole machine; else there is no art. All kinds of frenzy, however diversely conditioned, have the strength to accomplish this: above all, the frenzy of sexual excitement, this most ancient and original form of frenzy.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


38. “The sick are the greatest danger for the healthy; it is not from the strongest that harm comes to the strong, but from the weakest.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


39. “What makes us heroic?–Confronting simultaneously our supreme suffering and our supreme hope.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


40. “I was in darkness, but I took three steps and found myself in paradise. The first step was a good thought, the second, a good word; and the third, a good deed.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


41. “Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier and simpler.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


42. “Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


43. “The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


44. “The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


45. “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


46. “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


47. “When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


48. “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


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


50. “There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


51. “No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


52. “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


53. “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


54. “Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


55. “Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE



56. “Everything goes, everything comes back; eternally rolls the wheel of being. Everything dies, everything blossoms again; eternally runs the year of being. Everything breaks, everything is joined anew; eternally the same House of Being is built. Everything parts, everything greets every other thing again; eternally the ring of being remains faithful to itself. In every Now, being begins; round every Here rolls the sphere There. The center is everywhere. Bent is the path of eternity.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


57. “We labour at our daily work more ardently and thoughtlessly than is necessary to sustain our life because it is even more necessary not to have leisure to stop and think. Haste is universal because everyone is in flight from himself.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


58. “Is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s blunders?” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


59. “The more you let yourself go, the less others let you go.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


60. “Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


61. “The discipline of suffering, of great suffering- do you not know that only this discipline has created all enhancements of man so far? That tension of the soul in unhappiness which cultivates its strength, its shudders face to face with great ruin, its inventiveness and courage in enduring, preserving, interpreting, and exploiting suffering, and whatever has been granted to it of profundity, secret, mask, spirit, cunning, greatness- was it not granted to it through suffering, through the discipline of great suffering?” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


62. “The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


63. “The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


64. “You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


65. “When one has not had a good father, one must create one.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


66. “The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


67. “To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


68. “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


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


70. “Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


71. “Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


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


73. “There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


74. “They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


75. “Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


76. “The ‘kingdom of God’ is not something one waits for; it has no yesterday or tomorrow, it does not come ‘in a thousand years’ it is an experience within a heart; it is everywhere, it is nowhere.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


77. “On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


78. “Without music, life would be a mistake.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


79. “One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


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


81. “The higher man is distinguished from the lower by his fearlessness and his readiness to challenge misfortune.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


82. “To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


83. “Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.” — FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE


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