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95 Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes (DEEP THINKING)

24 Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes to Inspire You to Think Differently

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.”

Friedrich Nietzsche
The tree that would grow to heaven must send its roots to hell.
The tree that would grow to heaven must send its roots to hell.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
How little it takes to make us happy! The sound of a bagpipe. Without music life would be a mistake.
How little it takes to make us happy! The sound of a bagpipe. Without music, life would be a mistake.
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.
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.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

One can promise actions, but not feelings, for the latter are involuntary. He who promises to love forever or hate forever or be forever faithful to someone is promising something that is not in his power.”

Friedrich Nietzsche
Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot, a bad apple, is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn’t.
Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot, a bad apple, is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn’t.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
I was in darkness, but I took three steps and found myself in paradise. The first step was a good thought, the second, a good word; and the third, a good deed.
I was in darkness, but I took three steps and found myself in paradise. The first step was a good thought, the second, a good word; and the third, a good deed.
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
Man is the only animal that must be encouraged to live.
Man is the only animal that must be encouraged to live.
Without music, life would be a mistake. The German even imagines God as singing songs.
Without music, life would be a mistake. The German even imagines God as singing songs.
In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.
In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.
The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.
The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
We have art so that we shall not die of reality.
We have art so that we shall not die of reality.
In loneliness, the lonely one eats himself; in a crowd, the many eat him. Now choose.
In loneliness, the lonely one eats himself; in a crowd, the many eat him. Now choose.
He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.
He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.
One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.

35 Deep Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes to Ruminate Over

The craving for equality can express itself either as a desire to pull everyone down to our own level (by belittling them, excluding them, tripping them up) or as a desire to raise ourselves up along with everyone else (by acknowledging them, helping them, and rejoicing in their success).”

Friedrich Nietzsche
The world is beautiful, but has a disease called man.
The world is beautiful, but has a disease called man.
Is it better to out-monster the monster or to be quietly devoured?
Is it better to out-monster the monster or to be quietly devoured?
I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.
I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.
There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.
There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truths than lies.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truths than lies.
Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.
Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.
A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.
A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.
One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.

There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.”

Friedrich Nietzsche
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.
They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.
Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings-always darker, emptier and simpler.
Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings-always darker, emptier and simpler.
A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.
A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.
There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.
There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.

People who live in an age of corruption are witty and slanderous; they know that there are other kinds of murder than by dagger or assault; they also know that whatever is well said is believed.”

Friedrich Nietzsche
There's no defense against stupidity.
There’s no defense against stupidity.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn’t hear the music.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn’t hear the music.
Invisible threads are the strongest ties.
Invisible threads are the strongest ties.
He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.
He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.

The most spiritual men, as the strongest, find their happiness where others would find their destruction: in the labyrinth, in hardness against themselves and others, in experiments. Their joy is self-conquest: asceticism becomes in them nature, need, and instinct. Difficult tasks are a privilege to them; to play with burdens that crush others, a recreation. Knowledge-a form of asceticism. They are the most venerable kind of man: that does not preclude their being the most cheerful and the kindliest.”

Friedrich Nietsche
No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame. How could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?
You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame. How could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?
A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.
A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.
Those you cannot teach to fly, teach to fall faster.
Those you cannot teach to fly, teach to fall faster.

What destroys a man more quickly than to work, think and feel without inner necessity, without any deep personal desire, without pleasure – as a mere automaton of duty?”

Friedrich Nietzsche
When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
Be careful when you cast out your demons that you don’t throw away the best of yourself.
Be careful when you cast out your demons that you don’t throw away the best of yourself.
No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.
No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.
What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.
What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

The Great Man… is colder, harder, less hesitating, and without fear of ‘opinion’; he lacks the virtues that accompany respect and ‘respectability,’ and altogether everything that is the ‘virtue of the herd.’ If he cannot lead, he goes alone… He knows he is incommunicable: he finds it tasteless to be familiar… When not speaking to himself, he wears a mask. There is a solitude within him that is inaccessible to praise or blame.”

Friedrich Nietsche

35 Inspiring Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes for a Life Well-lived

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.
We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.
The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously.
The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously.
The real question is - How much truth can I stand?
The real question is – How much truth can I stand?
Solitude makes us tougher towards ourselves and tenderer towards others. In both ways it improves our character.
Solitude makes us tougher towards ourselves and tenderer towards others. In both ways it improves our character.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.
The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.
To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.
To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.

Young people love what is interesting and odd, no matter how true or false it is. More mature minds love what is interesting and odd about truth. Fully mature intellects, finally, love truth, even when it appears plain and simple, boring to the ordinary person; for they have noticed that truth tends to reveal its highest wisdom in the guise of simplicity.”

Friedrich Nietzsche
Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.
Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.
Nobody is more inferior than those who insist on being equal.
Nobody is more inferior than those who insist on being equal.
I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.
I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.
Do not allow yourselves to be deceived: Great Minds are Skeptical.
Do not allow yourselves to be deceived: Great Minds are Skeptical.
The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.
The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.
No journey is too great, when one finds what one seeks.
No journey is too great, when one finds what one seeks.

My solitude doesn’t depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company.”

Friedrich Nietzsche
Do you want to have an easy life? Then always stay with the herd and lose yourself in the herd.
Do you want to have an easy life? Then always stay with the herd and lose yourself in the herd.
There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.
There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.
Call me whatever you like; I am who I must be.
Call me whatever you like; I am who I must be.
Life is that which must overcome itself again and again.
Life is that which must overcome itself again and again.
So long as men praise you, you can only be sure that you are not yet on your own true path but on someone else's.
So long as men praise you, you can only be sure that you are not yet on your own true path but on someone else’s.
Everything matters. Nothing's important.
Everything matters. Nothing’s important.
Few are made for independence, it is the privilege of the strong.
Few are made for independence, it is the privilege of the strong.

Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.”

Friedrich Nietzsche
The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.
The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.
Love your enemies because they bring out the best in you.
Love your enemies because they bring out the best in you.
Without passions you have no experience whatsoever.
Without passions you have no experience whatsoever.
Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.
Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.
Become who you are. Make what only you can make.
Become who you are. Make what only you can make.
Only he who is man enough will release the woman in woman.
Only he who is man enough will release the woman in woman.
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, ''I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, ”I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?
Loneliness is one thing, solitude another.
Loneliness is one thing, solitude another.
I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.
I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
You know a moment is important when it is making your mind go numb with beauty.
You know a moment is important when it is making your mind go numb with beauty.
In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.
In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.
The spirit now wills his own will, and he who had been lost to the world now conquers the world.
The spirit now wills his own will, and he who had been lost to the world now conquers the world.

Friedrich Nietzsche Short Biography

A German philosopher, scholar, and critic of culture, Friedrich Nietzsche is an extremely influential figure for modern thinkers.

The philosopher is best known for his writing on good and evil and the end of religion in modern society.

Friedrich Nietzsche was born on 15 October 1844, in Röcken bei Lützen, Germany, and is often associated with nihilism (the rejection of all religious and moral principles).

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Despite having a relatively short career than most (but an absolutely brilliant one), Nietzsche had published numerous major works that impacted the late 19th century and throughout the whole of 20th (even in the 21st).

One of the biggest lessons that Nietzsche had bestow to us is the will to power (the will to live).

He shows us that suffering is inevitable and we shouldn’t cower under it. Instead, we should embrace and learn from it because suffering is essential for growth.

If you want to be stronger emotionally and mentally, don’t hide from suffering. Or as Nietzsche puts it – to live is a will to poweraka to live is to strive and grow.

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