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Friedrich Nietzsche

German philosopher (1844 - 1900)

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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.

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What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do and crosswise to our purposes? For love to bridge these opposites through joy it must not eliminate or deny them.

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Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.

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Whoever gives advice to the sick gains a sense of superiority over them, no matter whether his advice is accepted or rejected. That is why sick people who are sensitive and proud hate their advisors even more than their illnesses.

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People demand freedom only when they have no power.

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He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.

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Along the journey we commonly forget its goal. Almost every vocation is chosen and entered upon as a means to a purpose but is ultimately continued as a final purpose in itself. Forgetting our objectives is the most frequent stupidity in which we indulge ourselves.

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

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When marrying, one should ask oneself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this woman into your old age?

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The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.

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Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

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Success has always been a great liar.

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Convictions are the more dangerous enemy of truth than lies.

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He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you.

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

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

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Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true.

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

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

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

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Man is more ape than many of the apes.

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Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age he would have repudiated his doctrine.

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A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

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He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.

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In heaven all the interesting people are missing.

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Only sick music makes money today.

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One should never know too precisely whom one has married.

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The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

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Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!

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Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.

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He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

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

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Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true.

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Without music, life would be a mistake.

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How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.

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

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The greatest giver of alms is cowardice.

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In a friend one should have ones best enemy. You should be closest to him with your heart when you resist him.

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It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.

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

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Life without music would be a mistake.

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The last Christian died on the cross.

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One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.

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

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He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

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

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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.

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In heaven all the interesting people are missing.

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At the bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique human being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.

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Morality is the greatest of all tools for leading mankind by the nose.

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He who fights monsters should look into it that he himself does not become a monster. When you gaze long into the Abyss, the Abyss also gazes into you.

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Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology.

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All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.

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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.

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

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All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.

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

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The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

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A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

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One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes.

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Memory says, I did that. Pride replies, I could not have done that. Eventually memory yields.

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The higher a man gets, the smaller he seems to those who cannot fly.

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Disgust with dirt can be so great that it prevents us from cleaning ourselves - from "justifying" ourselves.

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For a significant man
woman, the one thought he values greatly, to the laughter and scorn of insignificant men, is a key to hidden treasure chambers; for those others, it is nothing but a piece of old iron.

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A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows us that faith proves nothing.

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If the belief [in Christianity] did not make us happy, it would not be believed: how little it must then be worth!

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What a time experiences as evil, is usually an untimely echo of what was formerly experienced as good--the atavism of a more ancient ideal.

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It is time, it is high time... Yes, but to do what?

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What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do

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Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.

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Who is better, they who promote truth over happiness, or happiness over truth?

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What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.

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Plato is boring.

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

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

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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.

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God is dead.

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Morality is herd instinct in the individual.

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The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

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

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For believe me: the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and greatest enjoyment is - to live dangerously.

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We are always in our own company.

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I would not know what the spirit of a philosopher might wish more to be than a good dancer.

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What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.

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

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The "highest" states of mind held up before mankind by christianity as of supreme value, are actually forms of convulsive epilepsy.

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Religiously strict people, who judge themselves without mercy, are also those who have most often spoken ill of mankind in general.

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How good bad music and bad reasons sound when one marches against an enemy!

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Some men are born posthumously.

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Thinking evil is making evil.

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

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That everybody is allowed to learn to read spoileth in the long run not only writing but thinking.

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

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Maturity consists in having rediscovered the seriousness one had as a child at play.

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Life is the will to power; our natural desire to dominate and reshape the world to fit our own preferences and assert our personal strength to the fullest degree.

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Whoever despises himself still respects himself as one who despises.

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Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

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Convictions are more dangerous enemies of the truth than lies.

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No one now dies of fatal truths; there are too many antidotes to them.

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People who comprehend a thing to its very depths rarely stay faithful to it forever. For they have brought its depths into the light of day: and in the depths there is always much that is unpleasant to see.

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This world is the will to power - and nothing besides!

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I mistrust all systemizers and avoid them. The will to a system is a lack of integrity.

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THE DISAPPOINTED MAN SPEAKS.--I sought great human beings, I never found anything but the APES of their ideal.

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

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

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

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People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.

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On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.

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There are no facts, only interpretations.

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Every extension of knowledge arises from making the conscious the unconscious.

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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.

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Only sick music makes money today.

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Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.

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How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.

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

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

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At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.

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"Every man has his price." This is not true. But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing. To win over certain people to something, it is only necessary to give it a gloss of love of humanity, nobility, gentleness, self-sacrifice - and there is nothing you cannot get them to swallow. To their souls, these are the icing, the tidbit; other kinds of souls have others.

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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.

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He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser.

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When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.

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