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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A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.

Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot a bad apple is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn't.

Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us, nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.

What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue this is human madness.

Love is not consolation. It is light.

Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?

When one has finished building one's house one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way - before one began.

It is good to express a thing twice right at the outset and so to give it a right foot and also a left one. Truth can surely stand on one leg but with two it will be able to walk and get around.

There are horrible people who instead of solving a problem tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?

Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.

The world itself is the will to power - and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power - and nothing else!

It is not when truth is dirty but when it is shallow that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.

Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.

If you gaze long into an abyss the abyss will gaze back into you.

The bad gains respect through imitation the good loses it especially in art.

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.

The doer alone learneth.

The best author will be the one who is ashamed to become a writer.

An artist has no home in Europe, except in Paris.

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