Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

15 Oct 1844 // 25 Aug 1900


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To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity
To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled - because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these faults are called patience and forbearance
Thoughts are the shadows of our sensations - always darker, emptier, simpler than these
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything
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 spiritual human beings, assuming they are the most courageous, also experience by far the most painful tragedies: but it is precisely for this reason that they honor life, because it brings against them its most formidable weapons
The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."