“At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.”
“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
“In heaven all the interesting people are missing.”
“In truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.”
“Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
“It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!”
“Man is the cruelest animal.”
“No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
“Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.”
“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”
“The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.”
“The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.”
“To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.”
“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.”
“What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do??”
“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.”
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”
“But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!”
“Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology.”
“Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.”
“What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.”
“In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.”
“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 most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.”
“For believe me: the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and greatest enjoyment is - to live dangerously.”
“Out of life's school of war: What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.”
“It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.”
“Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.”
“Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man's?”
“One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844. He was a German philosopher, poet and composer. He wrote about a variety of topics including religion, morality, contemporary culture, and philosophy. He was born in the Prussian Province of Saxony . His father was Carl Ludwig Nietzsche, a Lutheran pastor, and his mother was Franziska Oehler.
In 1854 he attended Pforta in Naumburg where he showed excellent music and language skills. Later, he was accepted to Schulpforta. This is where he began working on his poems and musical compositions here. He was also introduced to ancient Greek and Roman literature. In 1864, he continued his theological studies at the University of Bonn . He lost his faith after one semester. He then focused his studies on philology under Professor Friedrich Wilhelm Ritschl. He later became a professor of classical philology at the University of Basel , partly due to Ritschl's influence. In 1870 he served as a medical orderly to the Prussian forces in the Franco-Prussian War. He contracted diphtheria and dysentery. Some biographers also speculate that he may have also contracted syphilis and that it was this that led to his eventual dementia.
From 1873 to 1876, Nietzsche published four essays: David Strauss: the Confessor and the Writer, On the Use and Abuse of History for Life, Schopenhauer as Educator, and Richard Wagner in Bayreuth. They were a critique of the cultural lines that German society was developing. The following years were spent traveling abroad.
In 1889, Nietzsche suffered a mental breakdown. His friends brought him back to Basel to be admitted to a psychiatric clinic. In 1890, his mother removed him from the clinic and took him home with her. Meanwhile, his friends tried to decide what to do with his unpublished works and ultimately decided to publish Twilight of the Idols. They held off on publishing The Antichrist and Ecce Homo because of the more radical content. Nietzsche's work enjoying astonishing popularity for the first time. His sister, Elisabeth, came to live with them and, following the death of their mother, took control of Nietzsche's work. She soon dismissed his friends and began publishing his work herself.
Nietzsche's work was, and still is highly controversial. He viewed religion in a different light. He claimed that "God is dead" and he attacked the principles of Judaism. He also praised Buddhism for fostering critical thought. Nietzsche wanted to redefine morality, not in terms of good and a calamitous evil, but rather an almost master-morality in which exceptional people shouldn't be afraid to be exceptional. He also believes that morality is fine for the ordinary people but that the exceptional people should follow their own morality.
In 1898 and 1899 he suffered two strokes that partially paralyzed him leaving him unable to walk or talk. He contracted pneumonia and died on August 25, 1900.