Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history. He became the youngest ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869, at the age of 24.

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There are people who want to make men's lives more difficult for no other reason than the chance it provides them afterwards to offer their prescription for alleviating life, their Christianity for instance.

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.

In large states public education will always be mediocre for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.

Before the effect one believes in different causes than one does after the effect.

In individuals insanity is rare, but in groups parties nations and epochs it is the rule.

Egoism is the very essence of a noble soul.

Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves were convinced of the guilt of witchery the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.

Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had.

The most common lie is that which one lies to himself, lying to others is relatively an exception.

Regarding life the wisest men of all ages have judged alike: it is worthless.

In the course of history men come to see that iron necessity is neither iron nor necessary.

Necessity is not an established fact but an interpretation.

He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.

We love life not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.

Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.

Do whatever you will but first be such as are able to will.

Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.

The lie is a condition of life.

We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.

Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises.

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