Friedrich Nietzsche – What I got out of his Sayings

Friedrich Nietzsche  – What I got out of his Sayings

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

I hate that saying. In chronic pain, I see so many maimed and they most certainly are not stronger.


“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
Not present awfulizing but future dooming that is worst – makes sense


“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
If you are not into something then you will not get enthusiasm.


Love of dance,  music and walking  ( wonder if that would include youtube etc now):

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”

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

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

“Art is the proper task of life. ”

“For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.”

“Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?”

“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.”
You can become what you hate. You hate vindictive people and you become one…

“Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.”

Real truth does not exist:

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

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

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

“There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths. ”

“What is the truth, but a lie agreed upon.”

“Truths are illlusions which we have forgotten are illusions.”

“There is an old illusion. It is called good and evil.”

“Belief means not wanting to know what is true.”


Yet people don’t want to know the truth

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”


I love the cynical ones:

“In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.”

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

“There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.”

“Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.”

“Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.” Ouch – that one is pungent.

“Love is blind. Friendship closes its eyes.”

“Without forgetting it is quite impossible to live at all.”

“Be careful when you cast out your demons that you don’t throw away the best of yourself.”

“It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge. ”  when one finds they have a terminal illness, the first thing they want to do is blame the doctor for not getting it in time.

“Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen. Few in pursuit of the goal.”

“We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent.”

“He who possesseth little is so much the less possessed. Blessed be moderate poverty!”

“Cynicism is the only form in which base souls approach honesty.”

“Most people are far too much occupied with themselves to be malicious.”

“Blessed are the forgetful; for they get over their stupidities, too.”

“Success has always been a great liar” – war winners write the history


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

I’ve actually seen nervous people talk about themselves in a way of steering clear of sensitive issues


Ones I don’t get

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

“Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.”

“The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”


Dislike of conformity

“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.”
[victims of conformity are smaller people.]

“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.”

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

“A moral system valid for all is basically immoral.”

“He who obeys, does not listen to himself!


People can handle almost anything as long as it has some meaning in it:
“If you know the why, you can live any how.”
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

Dislike of religion:

“I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.”
I agree there. Money spent of monuments and churches should be spent on people.

“Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man?”

“Faith: not wanting to know what the truth is.”

“In truth, there was only one christian and he died on the cross.”
-I see so many steeped in dogma and have forgot to love life and others

“After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.”

“The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.”


political hate:
“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

“Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.”

“Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.”

[Friedrich died 1900 in Germany – boy could he see the future.]

Man is not good

“Man is the cruelest animal.”

if one sets one expectation of man there, he can never be disappointed

“The earth has a skin and that skin has diseases; one of its diseases is called man.”

“The world is beautiful, but has a disease called man.”


“Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.”
[You must love what you do – not wake up to tune that says – “walk up you have to make money”]

“Only sick music makes money today.”

There is some truth in that today  – love is being demeaned to loving another’s body. sex sells.

Anything to add?

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