40 Nietzsche Quotes To Make You Start Questioning Life!


There’s not one way of misinterpreting Nietzsche. The sky is your limit, and here we are with 40 of his most controversial, intriguing quotes from his various works. Don’t get all grumpy if you think that what matters is the integrity of the philosophical texts, not fancy words extracted from them. Because, well, this is Nietzsche, one of those great philosophers who actually does have poetry skills!

1. “Nobody can build the bridge for you to walk across the river of life, no one but you yourself alone."


2. "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."


3. "Man is the cruelest animal."


4. "We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving."

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


6. "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."


7. "Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell.”

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


9. "He who is punished is never he who performed the deed. He is always the scapegoat."

10. "Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.


11. "What does not kill him, makes him stronger."


12. "One must pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive."


13. "There is nothing to life that has value, except the degree of power—assuming that life itself is the will to power."


14. "My task is to throw a light on that which we must always love and revere, of which no subsequent knowledge can rob us: man in his greatness."


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


16. "I know my fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous — a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed so far. I am no man, I am dynamite."


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


18. "Against boredom even gods struggle in vain."


19. "Hope, in its stronger forms, is a great deal more powerful stimulant to life than any sort of realized joy can ever be. Man must be sustained in suffering by a hope so high that no conflict with actuality can dash it—so high, indeed, that no fulfillment can satisfy it: a hope reaching out beyond this world."


20. "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."


21. "Some are born posthumously."


22. "Freedom means that the manly instincts which delight in war and victory dominate over other instincts, for example, over those of "pleasure." The human being who has become free — and how much more the spirit who has become free — spits on the contemptible type of well-being dreamed of by shopkeepers, Christians, cows, females, Englishmen, and other democrats. The free man is a warrior."

23. "Even the wisest among you is only a conflict and hybrid of plant and ghost."


24. "There are no facts, only interpretations.”

25. "Free will without fate is no more conceivable than spirit without matter, good without evil."


26. "The modern scientific counterpart to belief in God is the belief in the universe as an organism: this disgusts me. This is to make what is quite rare and extremely derivative, the organic, which we perceive only on the surface of the earth, into something essential, universal, and eternal! This is still an anthropomorphizing of nature!"


27. "Pardon me, my friends, I have ventured to paint my happiness on the wall."


28. "To find everything profound — that is an inconvenient trait. It makes one strain one's eyes all the time, and in the end one finds more than one might have wished."


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


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


31. "What then is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding."


32. "Everything which distinguishes man from the animals depends upon this ability to volatilize perceptual metaphors in a schema, and thus to dissolve an image into a concept."


33. "When someone hides something behind a bush and looks for it again in the same place and finds it there as well, there is not much to praise in such seeking and finding. Yet this is how matters stand regarding seeking and finding "truth" within the realm of reason. If I make up the definition of a mammal, and then, after inspecting a camel, declare "look, a mammal' I have indeed brought a truth to light in this way, but it is a truth of limited value."


34. "Between two absolutely different spheres, as between subject and object, there is no causality, no correctness, and no expression; there is, at most, an aesthetic relation: I mean, a suggestive transference, a stammering translation into a completely foreign tongue — for which I there is required, in any case, a freely inventive intermediate sphere and mediating force."


35. "The man who does not wish to belong to the mass needs only to cease taking himself easily; let him follow his conscience, which calls to him: “Be your self! All you are now doing, thinking, desiring, is not you yourself.”


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


37. "In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs man’s torments."


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


39. "Thoughts in a poem. The poet presents his thoughts festively, on the carriage of rhythm: usually because they could not walk."


40. "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."

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