Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal. Friedrich Nietzsche

The idealist is incorrigible: if he is thrown out of heaven he makes an ideal of his hell. Friedrich Nietzsche

The surest way to corrupt a young man is to teach him to esteem more highly those who think alike than those who think differently. Friedrich Nietzsche

So long as men praise you, you can only be sure that you are not yet on your own true path but on someone else’s. Friedrich Nietzsche

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. Friedrich Nietzsche

No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant. Friedrich Nietzsche

Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose. Friedrich Nietzsche

There are no facts, only interpretations. Friedrich Nietzsche

Christianity makes suffering contagious. Friedrich Nietzsche

Man is so much more sensitive to the contempt of others than to contempt for himself. Friedrich Nietzsche

We are franker towards others than towards ourselves. Friedrich Nietzsche

Madness is rare in individuals, but in groups, parties, nations and ages is it the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche

The thought of suicide is a great source of comfort; with it a calm passage is to be made across many a bad night. Friedrich Nietzsche

Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness. Friedrich Nietzsche

Bad cooks – and the utter lack of reason in the kitchen – have delayed human development longest and impaired it most. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Discontent is the seed of ethics. Friedrich Nietzsche

The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to liver dangerously. Friedrich Nietzsche

There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favours done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche

In heaven all the interesting people are missing. Friedrich Nietzsche

About sacrifice and the offering of sacrifices, sacrificial animals think quite differently from those who look on: but they have never been allowed to have their say. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day. Friedrich Nietzsche

To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence. Friedrich Nietzsche

The humanity of famous intellectuals lies in being wrong with gracious courtesy when dealing with those who are not famous. Friedrich Nietzsche

An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. Friedrich Nietzsche

We either praise or blame according to whether the one or the other provides the greater opportunity to let our power of judgement shine. Friedrich Nietzsche

Fathers and sons show much more consideration towards one another than mothers and daughters do. Friedrich Nietzsche

Among austere men intimacy involves shame – and is something precious. Friedrich Nietzsche

Even today a crude sort of persecution is all that is required to create an honourable name for any sect, no matter how indifferent in itself. Friedrich Nietzsche

Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive. Friedrich Nietzsche

Beggars should be abolished: for it is annoying to give to them and it is annoying not to give to them. Friedrich Nietzsche

If alms were only given out of pity, all the beggars would have starved to death. Friedrich Nietzsche

A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy. Friedrich Nietzsche

The greatest almsgiver is cowardice. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

The exuberant fertility of the universal will. Friedrich Nietzsche

Illness is a clumsy attempt to arrive at health: we must come to nature’s aid with intellect. Friedrich Nietzsche

People who feel insecure in social situations never miss a chance to exhibit their dominance over close, submissive friends, whom they put down publicly, in front of everyone – by teasing, for example. Friedrich Nietzsche

Our salvation lies not in knowing, but in creating! Friedrich Nietzsche

Whoever knows he is deep, strives for clarity; whoever would like to appear deep to the crowd, strives for obscurity. For the crowd considers anything deep if only it cannot see to the bottom: the crowd is so timid and afraid of going into the water. Friedrich Nietzsche

I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance. Friedrich Nietzsche

The thirst for equality can express itself either as a desire to draw everyone down to one’s level, or to raise oneself and everyone else up. Friedrich Nietzsche

Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions. Friedrich Nietzsche

To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity. Friedrich Nietzsche

All idealism is falsehood in the face of necessity. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

A person’s maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play. Friedrich Nietzsche

If a man has a strong faith he can indulge in the luxury of scepticism. Friedrich Nietzsche

The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper. Friedrich Nietzsche

Sensuality often accelerates the growth of love so much that its roots remain weak and are easily pulled up. Friedrich Nietzsche

A vocation is the backbone of life. Friedrich Nietzsche

Men seldom persevere in a vocation unless they believe or can convince themselves that it is fundamentally more important than any other calling. Friedrich Nietzsche

The one who is punished is no longer the one who did the deed. He is always the scapegoat. Friedrich Nietzsche

Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man – the domain of aesthetic judgement is therewith defined. Friedrich Nietzsche