Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
15 October 1844
Röcken bei Lützen, Prussia
25 August 1900 (aged 55)
Philosopher, poet, composer
Suffering and taking sin upon himself might have been right for that preacher of small people. But I rejoice in great sin as my great solace.
The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.
You become smaller and smaller, you small people! You are fading away, you lovers of the easy life! You are being destroyed . . . your soil is too protective, too yielding.
Moderation sees itself as beautiful; it is unaware that in the eye of the immoderate it appears black and sober and consequently ugly-looking
To learn to see- to accustom the eye to calmness, to patience, and to allow things to come up to it; to defer judgment, and to acquire the habit of approaching and grasping an individual case from all sides. This is the first preparatory schooling of intellectuality. One must not respond immediately to a stimulus; one must acquire a command of the obstructing and isolating instincts.
Man created his own god: and there is no worse enmity on earth than that between gods.
To become wise, one must "wish" to have certain experiences and run, as it were, into their gaping jaws. This, of course, is very dangerous; many a wise guy has been swallowed.
If you wish to understand a philosopher, do not ask what he says, but find out what he wants.
Belief is always most desired, most pressingly needed where there is a lack of will, for the will, as emotion of command, is the distinguishing characteristic of sovereignty and power. That is to say, the less a person knows how to command, the more urgent is his desire for one who commands, who commands sternly - a God, a prince, a caste, a physician, a confessor, a dogma, a party consciene. From whence perhaps it could be inferred that the two world religions, Buddhism and Christianity, might well have had the cause of their rise, and especially of their rapid extension, in an extraordinary malady of the will.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole books what other men do not say in whole books.
As is well known, the priests are the most evil enemies—but why? Because they are the most impotent. It is because of their impotence that in them hatred grows to monstrous and uncanny proportions, to the most spiritual and poisonous kind of hatred. The truly great haters in world history have always been priests; likewise the most ingenious haters: other kinds of spirit hardly come into consideration when compared with the spirit of priestly vengefulness.
To him who feels himself preordained to contemplation and not to belief, all believers are too noisy and obtrusive; he guards against them.
The governments of the great States have two instruments for keeping the people dependent, in fear and obedience: a coarser, the army; and a more refined, the school.
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