Friedrich NietzscheWednesday, 29 January 2020
Nietzsche's Human, All Too Human (A book for free spirits) was published in 1878, following the breakdown in friendship with composer Richard Wagner. Nietzsche dedicated the original to Voltaire.
Not suitable as a party member. - Whoever thinks much is not suitable as a party member: he soon thinks himself right out of the party.
Human, all too Human, s.579
Not too deep. - People who comprehend a thing to its very depths rarely stay faithful to it forever. For they have brought its depths into the light of day: and in the depths there is always much that is unpleasant to see.
Human, all too Human, s.489
Love-matches. - Marriages contracted from love (so-called love-matches) have error for their father and need for their mother.
Human, all too Human, s.389
Friendship with women. - Women are quite able to make friends with a man; but to preserve such a friendship - that no doubt requires the assistance of a slight physical antipathy.
Human, all too Human, s.390
Masks. - There are women who, however you may search them, prove to have no content but are purely masks. The man who associates with such almost spectral, necessarily unsatisfied beings is to be commiserated with, yet it is precisely they who are able to arouse the desire of the man most strongly: he seeks for her soul - and goes on seeking.
Human, all too Human, s.405
The shortsighted are in love. - Sometimes it requires only a stronger pair of spectacles to cure the lover, and he who had the imagination to picture a face, a figure twenty years older would perhaps pass through life very undisturbed.
Human, all too Human, s.413
Forbidden generosity. - There is not enough love and goodness in the world for us to be permitted to give any of it away to imaginary things.
Human, all too Human, s.129
Unpleasant, even dangerous, qualities can be found in every nation and every individual: it is cruel to demand that the Jew be an exception. In him, these qualities may even be dangerous and revolting to an unusual degree; and perhaps the young stock-exchange Jew is altogether the most disgusting invention of mankind.
Human, All Too Human (1878). I.475
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.
Human, All Too Human (1878). I.579
To escape boredom, man works either beyond what his usual needs require, or else he invents play, that is, work that is designed to quiet no need other than that for working in general.
Human, All Too Human (1878)
The advantage of a bad memory is that one can enjoy the same good things for the first time several times.
Human, All Too Human (1878). I.580
It is mere illusion and pretty sentiment to expect much from mankind if he forgets how to make war. And yet no means are known which call so much into action as a great war, that rough energy born of the camp, that deep impersonality born of hatred, that conscience born of murder and cold-bloodedness, that fervor born of effort of the annihilation of the enemy, that proud indifference to loss, to one's own existence, to that of one's fellows, to that earthquake-like soul-shaking that a people needs when it is losing its vitality.
Human, All Too Human (1878).
Against war one might say that it makes the victor stupid and the vanquished malicious. In its favor, that in producing these two effects it barbarizes, and so makes the combatants more natural. For culture it is a sleep or a wintertime, and man emerges from it stronger for good and for evil.
Human, All Too Human
In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs the torments of man.
One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes.
I.59, Human All Too Human
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)