Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

15 Oct 1844 // 25 Aug 1900


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The lie is a condition of life
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself
The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper
The future influences the present just as much as the past
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself
Success has always been a great liar
Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment - a little makes the way of the best happiness
People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights
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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."