Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, 28 November 2014

twilight of the idols quotes, nietzscheHow to Philosophize with a Hammer, published in 1889. Twilight of the Idols (originally titled A Psychologist's Idleness) was written whilst Nietzsche was in Sils-Maria.


We have already gone beyond whatever we have words for. In all talk there is a grain of contempt.
Twilight of the Idols (1888). Expeditions of an Untimely Man 26
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When one gives up Christian belief one thereby deprives oneself of the right to Christian morality. For the latter is absolutely not self-evident: one must make this point clear again and again, in spite of English shallowpates.
Twilight of the Idols (1888). Expeditions of an Untimely Man 5
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These same institutions produce quite different effects while they are still being fought for; then they really promote freedom in a powerful way. On closer inspection it is war that produces these effects, the war for liberal institutions, which, as a war, permits illiberal instincts to continue. And war educates for freedom. For what is freedom? That one has the will to self-responsibility. That one maintains the distance which separates us. That one becomes more indifferent to difficulties, hardships, privation, even to life itself. That one is prepared to sacrifice human beings for one's cause, not excluding oneself.
Twilight of the Idols (1888)
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The doctrine of equality! ... But there is no more venomous poison in existence: for it appears to be preached by justice itself, when it is actually the end of justice ... "Equality to the equal; inequality to the unequal" - that would be true justice speaking: and its corollary, "never make the unequal equal".
Twilight of the Idols (1888). Expeditions of an Untimely Man, 48
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Freedom means that the manly instincts which delight in war and victory dominate over other instincts, for example, over those of "pleasure." The human being who has become free - and how much more the spirit who has become free - spits on the contemptible type of well-being dreamed of by shopkeepers, Christians, cows, females, Englishmen, and other democrats. The free man is a warrior.
Twilight of the Idols (1888)
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How is freedom measured, in individuals as in nations? By the resistance which must be overcome, by the effort it costs to remain on top. The highest type of free men should be sought where the highest resistance is constantly overcome: five steps from tyranny, close to the threshold of the danger of servitude. This is true psychologically if by "tyrants" are meant inexorable and dreadful instincts that provoke the maximum of authority and discipline against themselves - most beautiful type: Julius Caesar - ; this is true politically too; one need only go through history. The nations which were worth something, became worth something, never became so under liberal institutions: it was great danger that made something of them that merits respect. Danger alone acquaints us with our own resources, our virtues, our armor and weapons, our spirit - and forces us to be strong...
Twilight of the Idols (1888)
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First principle: one must need to be strong - otherwise one will never become strong. - Those large hothouses [Treibhauser] for the strong, for the strongest kind of human being that has ever been, the aristocratic commonwealths of the type of Rome or Venice, understood freedom exactly in the sense in which I understand the word freedom: as something one has and does not have, something one wants, something one conquers...
Twilight of the Idols (1888)
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It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a whole book - what everyone else does not say in a whole book.
Twilight of the Idols (1888). Things the Germans Lack, 51
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My conception of freedom. - The value of a thing sometimes does not lie in that which one attains by it, but in what one pays for it - what it costs us. I give an example. Liberal institutions cease to be liberal as soon as they are attained: later on, there are no worse and no more thorough injurers of freedom than liberal institutions. One knows, indeed, what their ways bring: they undermine the will to power; they level mountain and valley, and call that morality; they make men small, cowardly, and hedonistic - every time it is the herd animal that triumphs with them. Liberalism: in other words, herd-animalization.
Twilight of the Idols (1888). Expeditions of an Untimely Man, 38
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Christianity is a metaphysics of the hangman.
Twilight of the Idols (1888). The Four Great Errors, Section 7
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Without music, life would be a mistake.
Twilight of the Idols (1888). Maxims and Arrows, 33
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Women are considered profound. Why? Because we never fathom their depths. But women aren't even shallow.
Twilight of the Idols (1888). Maxims and Arrows, 27
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What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.
Twilight of the Idols (1888). Maxims and Arrows, 8
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What is it: is man only a blunder of God, or God only a blunder of man?
Twilight of the Idols (1888). Maxims and Arrows, 7
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When stepped on, the worm curls up. That is a clever thing to do. Thus it reduces its chances of being stepped on again. In the language of morality: humility.
"Maxims and Arrows," Twilight of the Idols
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Friedrich Nietzsche Quote of the Day

Friday, 28 November 2014
I teach you the overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him? All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood and even go back to the beasts rather than overcome man? What is the ape to man? A laughingstock or a painful embarrassment. And man shall be just that for the overman: a laughingstock or a painful embarrassment... Behold, I teach you the overman. The overman is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the overman shall be the meaning of the earth!Thus Spake Zarathustra