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Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 1844-1900 ,  German philosopher
Friedrich NietzscheGerman classical scholar, philosopher, and critic of culture, who became one of the most-influential of all modern thinkers. His attempts to unmask the motives that underlie traditional Western religion, morality, and philosophy deeply affected generations of theologians, philosophers, psychologists, poets, novelists, and playwrights.

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Vivere pericolosamente.

To live dangerously.

the phrase in its Italian version was popularized by Mussolini

The Greeks are interesting and extremely important because they reared such a vast number of great individuals. How was this possible? This question is one which ought to be studied.

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

I hate who steals my solitude, without really offer me in exchange company.

The irrationality of a thing is not an argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.

“Forgive us our virtues.” That is what we should ask of our neighbors.

There may be Herostratoi who set fire to the temples in which their image is worshiped.

One's own self is well hidden from one's own self: of all mines of treasure, one's own is the last to be dug up.

Love for life is still possible, only one loves differently: it is like love for a woman whom one does not trust.

It is very strange of God to learn Greek when He decided to become a writer and then to learn it so badly.

There are no facts, only interpretations.

Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.

When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you.

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.

We cannot help but see Socrates as the turning-point, the vortex of world history.

When virtue has slept, she will get up more refreshed.

We often contradict an opinion for no other reason than that we do not like the tone in which it is expressed.

Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.

Many a man fails to become a thinker only because his memory is too good.

Forgetting our intentions is the most frequent of all acts of stupidity.

God is dead.

Morality is herd instinct in the individual.

Mystical explanations are considered deep; the truth is, they are not even shallow.

What is now decisive against Christianity is our taste, no longer our reasons.

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings — always darker, emptier, simpler.

What is the seal of liberation? — No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.

To see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even more: this is a hard saying but an ancient, mighty, human, all-too-human principle which even the apes might subscribe.

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.

A strong and well-constituted man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds all included) just as he digests his meats, even when he has some tough morsels to swallow.

Plato is boring.

To live alone one must be an animal or a god - says Aristotle. There is yet a third case: one must be both - a philosopher.

Which? Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?

What does not kill me, makes me stronger.

Without music, life would be a mistake.

Christianity is a metaphysics of the hangman.

Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.

Some are born posthumously.

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

The very word “Christianity” is a misunderstanding — in truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

I am a disciple of the philosopher Dionysus, I would rather be a satyr than a saint.

To become what one is, one must not have the faintest idea what one is.

Merchant and pirate were for a long period one and the same person. Even today mercantile morality is really nothing but a refinement of piratical morality.

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

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

It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.

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

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.

No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.

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

Faith: not wanting to know what the truth is.

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

The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.

    The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.

    We have art in order not to die of the truth.

    That which is done out of love is always beyond good and evil.

    Invisible threads are the strongest ties.

    They muddy the water, to make it seem deep

    It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

    Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

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

    Love is blind. Friendship closes its eyes.

    The earth has a skin and that skin has diseases; one of its diseases is called man.

    What is the truth, but a lie agreed upon.

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

    There is an old illusion. It is called good and evil.

    A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.

    A joke is an epigram on the death of a feeling.

    Cynicism is the only form in which base souls approach honesty.

    Woman was God’s second mistake.

    That for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts.

    Against boredom even gods struggle in vain.

    The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.

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    You say you're a pessimist, but I happen to know that you're in the habit of practicing your flute for two hours every evening.

    criticizing Schopenhauer



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