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Quotations From FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

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  • 21.
    I fear animals regard man as a creature of their own kind which has in a highly dangerous fashion lost its healthy animal reason—as the mad animal, as the laughing animal, as the weeping animal, as the unhappy animal.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher. The Gay Science, aphorism 224 (revised edition 1887).

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  • 22.
    Oh, how much is today hidden by science! Oh, how much it is expected to hide!
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher. "What Do Ascetic Ideals Mean?" essay 3, aph. 23, The Genealogy of Morals (1887).

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  • 23.
    Your rank is way down below his when you seek to establish the exceptions and he seeks to establish the rule.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 523, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 362, "Rank Order Among Spirits," (1879).
  • 24.
    With deep men, as with deep wells, it takes a long time for anything that falls into them to hit bottom. Onlookers, who almost never wait long enough, readily suppose that such men are callous and unresponsive—or even boring.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 696, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Wanderer and His Shadow, aphorism 328, "Depth and Boredom," (1880).

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  • 25.
    The English are a nation of consummate cant.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 119, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ, pp. 74-75, trans. by R.J. Hollingdale, Baltimore: Penguin Books (1968). Twilight of the Idols, "Skirmishes of an Untimely Man," section 12 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).
  • 26.
    This is the crux of the moral pessimists: if they really wanted to promote their neighbor's redemption, then they would have to resolve themselves to spoiling existence for him, and thus to being his misfortune; out of pity, they would have to—become evil!
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 188, selection 5[1], number 8, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883. The Latin crux refers figuratively to their "perplexing problem" and literally to their "cross."

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  • 27.
    What we do in our dreams we also do when we are awake: we invent and make up the person we are dealing with—and immediately forget that we have done it.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 97, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 138 (1886).
  • 28.
    Phlegmatic natures can be inspired to enthusiasm only by being made into fanatics.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 195, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Daybreak, p. 137, trans. by R.J. Hollingdale, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (1982). Dawn, "Fourth Book," aphorism 222, "When Fanaticism is Desirable," (1881).
  • 29.
    Madness is a rare thing in individuals—but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages it is the rule.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 100, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 156 (1886).
  • 30.
    Do you want to go on together? Or go ahead? Or go it alone? ... You have to know what you want and that you want. Fourth question of conscience.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, pp. 65-66, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Twilight of the Idols, "Maxims and Arrows," section 41 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).

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