Friedrich NietzscheTuesday, 27 February 2024
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 DayTuesday, 27 February 2024
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