Friedrich Nietzsche Quotations

-Do you call yourself free? I want to hear your ruling idea, and not that you have escaped from a yoke.

-Is not life a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?

-One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

-One should not wish to enjoy where one does not give joy.

-Once the sin against God was the greatest sin; but God died, and these sinners died with him. To sin against the earth is now the most dreadful thing, and to esteem the entrails of the unknowable higher than the meaning of the earth.

-He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.

-Every man or woman is a potential poet or artist. Everyone has the capacity to bring to their work the dignity, purposefulness, and presence of the artist. Like art, work holds up a mirror to life. The work reflects the creator, his strengths and flaws, his skill and resolve. An individual encounters human society, physical nature, and the particular medium, tools, or objects of his work, and shapes these in the image of his consciousness. The melding of creator and creation is the artistry of work.

-Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

-In heaven all the interesting people are missing.

-The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.

-Without music, life would be a mistake.

-You may have enemies whom you hate, but not enemies whom you despise. You must be proud of your enemy: then the success of your enemy shall be your success too.

-To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence.

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

-A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.

-Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.

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

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

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

-There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

-At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.
Friedrich Nietzsche