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).
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 power – aka to live is to strive and grow.
- Friedrich Nietzsche on Why a Fulfilling Life Requires Embracing Rather than Running from Difficulty – Brain Pickings
- 66 Life Lessons From Friedrich Nietzsche – Eric Kim
- Far right, misogynist, humourless? Why Nietzsche is misunderstood – The Guardian
Below are the most thought-provoking quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche so you can be inspired to think deeply for better clarity.
(MUST READ) Beyond Good and Evil
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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