Friedrich NietzscheWednesday, 29 January 2020
Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future, published in 1886. It expands upon ideas from Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but more vehemently with its polemic and critique. Beyond Good and Evil consists of 296 numbered sections split into nine parts.
Men have hitherto treated women like birds which have strayed down to them from the heights; as something more delicate, more fragile, more savage, stranger, sweeter, soulful--but as something which has to be caged up so that it shall not fly away.
Beyond Good and Evil, "Our Virtues", 1886
I do not like it' - Why? - 'I am not up to it'. -Has anyone ever answered like that?
Beyond Good and Evil, 185
That which an age feels to be evil is usually an untimely after - echo of that which was formerly felt to be good - the atavism of an older ideal.
Beyond Good and Evil, 149
In revenge and in love woman is more barbaric than man is.
Beyond Good and Evil
Through music the passions enjoy themselves.
Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 106 (1886).
[Anything which] is a living and not a dying body... will have to be an incarnate will to power, it will strive to grow, spread, seize, become predominant - not from any morality or immorality but because it is living and because life simply is will to power... 'Exploitation'... belongs to the essence of what lives, as a basic organic function; it is a consequence of the will to power, which is after all the will to life.
Beyond Good and Evil
There is an instinct for rank, which more than anything else is already the sign of a high rank; there is a delight in the nuances of reverence which leads one to infer noble origin and habits.
Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter IX, Paragraph 263
Egoism belongs to the essence of a noble soul ... [meaning] "we" other beings must naturally be in subjection, and have to sacrifice themselves. The noble soul accepts the fact of his egoism without question, and also without consciousness of harshness, constraint, or arbitrariness therein, but rather as something that may have its basis in the primary law of things:--if he sought a designation for it he would say: 'It is justice itself.'
Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter IX, Paragraph 265
Friedrich Nietzsche Quote of the DayWednesday, 29 January 2020
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)