55 Intriguing Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

Let’s look back at the life of one of the most famous German postmodern philosophers with this list of the Friedrich Nietzsche quotes.

Born in 1844, Friedrich Nietzsche was an influential name in Western philosophy. His writings were fierce and questioned all orthodox beliefs. In fact, he was a known critique of Christianity and morality. He introduced several ideas but one of his most controversial ideas was that of God being dead. Friedrich Nietzsche died in 1900 after suffering from pneumonia in combination with stroke.

Now, contemplate on these quotes. They can be quite challenging!

Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.

Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.

It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

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There are no facts, only interpretations.

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

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In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.

All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.

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To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.

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The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.

The future influences the present just as much as the past.

When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.

The doer alone learneth.

Without music, life would be a mistake.

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There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

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.

To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.

Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.

We have art in order not to die of the truth.

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

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Success has always been a great liar.

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Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.

Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.

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We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.

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It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night.

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier and simpler.

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

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That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

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Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.

Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.

He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego’.

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I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.

The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.


He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.

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One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

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You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.

The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.

Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.

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.

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Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.

In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.

What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.

A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.

Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.

Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.

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