Last Updated on 21 June 2024

Quotes from Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

  • The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.
  • Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
  • Even the most beautiful scenery is no longer assured of our love after we have lived in it for three months and some distant coast attracts our avarice: possessions are generally diminished by possession.
  • Every tradition grows ever more venerable — the more remote its origin, the more confused that origin is. The reverence due to it increases from generation to generation. The tradition finally becomes holy and inspires awe.
  • Faith means not wanting to know what is true.
  • The growth of wisdom may be gauged accurately by the decline of ill temper.
  • He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
  • He who thinks a great deal is not suited to be a party man: he thinks his way through the party and out the other side too soon.
  • In the mountains of truth you never climb in vain.
  • Learning from one’s enemies is the best way to love them, for it puts one into a grateful mood toward them.
  • Life is an instinct for growth, for survival, for the accumulation of forces, for power.
  • A man who is very busy seldom changes his opinions.
  • Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.
  • Morality is herd instinct in the individual.
  • The most common sort of lie is that by which a man deceives himself: the deception of others is a relatively rare offense.
  • No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.
  • The noble soul has reverence for itself.
  • One will not go far wrong if one attributes extreme actions to vanity, average ones to habit, and petty ones to fear.
  • The surest way to corrupt a young man is to teach him to esteem more highly those who think alike than those who think differently.
  • This independence is glorified as “academic freedom,” … except that in the background, a discreet distance away, stands the state watching with a certain supervisory look on its face, making sure to remind everybody from time to time that it is the aim, the purpose, the essence of this whole strange process.
  • We often contradict an opinion for no other reason than that we do not like the tone in which it is expressed.
  • What really makes one indignant about suffering isn’t the thing itself but the senselessness of it.