I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: German

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Awake and listen, you that are lonely! From the future come winds with stealthy wings, and to subtle ears good tidings are proclaimed.

It is intoxicating joy for the sufferer to look away from his suffering and to forget himself.

What knows he of love who has not been obliged to despise just what he loved.

Wherever authority is still part of accepted usage and one does not ‘give reasons' but commands, the dialectician is a kind of buffoon: he is laughed at, he is not taken seriously. – Socrates was the buffoon who got himself taken seriously: what was really happening when that happened?

I am a disciple of the philosopher Dionysus, and I would prefer to be even a satyr than a saint.

Another Christian concept, no less crazy, has passed even more deeply into the tissue of modernity: the concept of the 'equality of souls before God.' This concept furnishes the prototype of all theories of equal rights...

One cannot refute Christianity; one cannot refute a disease of the eye.

All too violently my heart still flows toward you—my heart, upon which my summer burns, short, hot, melancholy, overblissful; how my summer heart craves your coolness.

Or is it this: To feed on the acorns and grass of knowledge, and for the sake of truth to suffer hunger in one's soul?

I don't want to be mistaken for anyone―so I mustn't mistake myself.

Those moralists, on the other hand, who, following in the footsteps of Socrates, offer the individual a morality of self-control and temperance as a means to his own advantage, as his personal key to happiness, are the exceptions.

The great periods of our life occur when we gain the courage to rechristen what is bad about us as what is best.

The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.

I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.