Friedrich Nietzsche

Literary Birthday – 15 October – Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche was born 15 October 1844, and died 25 August 1900.

12 Nietzsche Quotes

  1. A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
  2. There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
  3. The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.
  4. There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.
  5. Invisible threads are the strongest ties.
  6. Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.
  7. And those who were seen dancing, were thought to be crazy, by those who could not hear the music.
  8. I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.
  9. In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
  10. No artist tolerates reality.
  11. The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.
  12. It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher. He was one of the first existentialist philosophers along with Søren Kierkegaard. He challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. Nietzsche was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in.
Central to his philosophy is the idea of ‘life-affirmation’, which involves an honest questioning of all doctrines that drain life’s expansive energies, however socially prevalent those views might be. His works include Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and EvilThe Anti-Christ, The Will to Power, and On the Genealogy of Morals.

Source for image

Friedrich Hermann Hartmann, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 15th October 2012