Friedrich Nietzsche Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Friedrich Nietzsche quotes, Friedrich Nietzsche sayings, and Friedrich Nietzsche proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.

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The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.     

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He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.

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When stepped on, the worm curls up. That is a clever thing to do. Thus it reduces its chances of being stepped on again. In the language of morality: humility.

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The vanity of others runs counter to our taste only when it runs counter to our vanity.

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For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.     

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Fear is the mother of morality.

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That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

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Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets.

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For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.     

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

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For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks.

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

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Without music, life would be a mistake.

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

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That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

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Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper

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At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique 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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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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And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

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Madness is the result not of uncertainty but of certainty.     

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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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Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.     

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

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

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

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Take a chance and try my fare! It will grow on you, I swear; Soon it will taste good to you!

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

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The magnitude of a progress is gauged by the greatness of the sacrifice that it requires.

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What does not kill us makes us stronger.

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