Friedrich Nietzsche Sayings and Quotes

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Perhaps no philosopher is more correct than the cynic. The happiness of the animal, that thorough cynic, is the living proof of cynicism.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The disgust with dirt can be so great that it keeps us from cleaning ourselves--from "justifying" ourselves.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The 'kingdom of Heaven' is a condition of the heart - not something that comes 'upon the earth' or 'after death.'     

Friedrich Nietzsche

He who rejoices even at the stake triumphs not over pain but over the absence of pain where he had anticipated feeling it. A parable.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

The wittiest authors evoke a barely perceptible smile.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Even today a crude sort of persecution is all that is required to create an honorable name for any sect, no matter how indifferent in itself.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Crude men who feel themselves insulted tend to assess the degree of insult as high as possible, and talk about the offense in greatly exaggerated language, only so they can revel to their heart's content in the aroused feelings of hatred and revenge.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

For those who need consolation no means of consolation is so effective as the assertion that in their case no consolation is possible: it implies so great a degree of distinction that they at once hold up their heads again.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Nobody is more inferior than those who insist on being equal.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

A vocation is the backbone of life.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The noble soul reveres itself.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Concerning great things one should either be silent or speak loftily.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The believer in magic and miracles reflects on how to impose a law on nature--: and, in brief, the religious cult is the outcome of this reflection.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The one seeks a midwife to deliver his thoughts, the other, someone to assist: thus a good conversation comes into being.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

If a man wishes to become a hero, then the serpent must first become a dragon: otherwise he lacks his proper enemy.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

It is neither the best nor the worst things in a book that defy translation.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

He who laughs best today, will also laugs last.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Possessions are usually diminished by possession.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

To be ashamed of one's immorality: that is a step on the staircase at whose end one is also ashamed of one's morality.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Great intellects are skeptical.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

All idealism is falsehood in the face of necessity.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

All idealists imagine that the causes they serve are fundamentally better than any other causes in the world, and they refuse to believe that if their cause is to flourish at all it requires precisely the same foul-smelling manure that is necessary to all other human undertakings.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The idealist is incorrigible: if he is thrown out of his heaven he makes an ideal of his hell.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Whatever we think about and question a lot becomes questionable.     

Friedrich Nietzsche