Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.一Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic and philologist whose work has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history.

He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. He became the youngest person ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869 at the age of 24.

Here Is A Selection Of Friedrich Nietzsche Most Famous Quotes.


The most famous quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche

Without music, life would be a mistake.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Man is the cruelest animal.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

There are no facts, only interpretations.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

The liar is a person who uses the valid designations, the words, in order to make something which is unreal appear to be real.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!

一Friedrich Nietzsche

It is precisely facts that do not exist, only interpretations.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Nobody is more inferior than those who insist on being equal.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

The tree that would grow to heaven must send its roots to hell.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Our greatest experiences are our quietest moments.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Do you want to have an easy life? Then always stay with the herd and lose yourself in the herd.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

In loneliness, the lonely one eats himself; in a crowd, the many eat him. Now choose.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

The world is beautiful, but has a disease called man.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

If you know the why, you can live any how.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

My solitude doesn't depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Love your enemies because they bring out the best in you.

一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.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

I and me are always too deeply in conversation.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith: not wanting to know what the truth is.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Art is the proper task of life.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions—as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

What does your conscience say? — 'You should become the person you are'.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

The voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

One must be a sea, to receive a polluted stream without becoming impure.

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You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?

一Friedrich Nietzsche

They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Stupidity in a woman is unfeminine.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Silence is worse; all truths that are kept silent become poisonous.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Become who you are!

一Friedrich Nietzsche

In truth, there was only one Christian and he died on the cross.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Hope, in reality, is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Is it better to out-monster the monster or to be quietly devoured?

一Friedrich Nietzsche

The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Invisible threads are the strongest ties.

一Friedrich Nietzsche

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

一Friedrich Nietzsche

Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.

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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.

一Friedrich Nietzsche


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