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Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

(1844-1900), German Philosopher

We have art in order not to die of the truth.

Category: Arts And Artists

The ascetic makes a necessity of virtue.

Category: Asceticism

In every ascetic morality man worships a part of himself as God and for that he needs to diabolize the other part.

Category: Asceticism

In the beautiful, man sets himself up as the standard of perfection; in select cases he worships himself in it. Man believes that the world itself is filled with beauty --he forgets that it is he who has created it. He alone has bestowed beauty upon the world --alas! only a very human, an all too human, beauty.

Category: Beauty

Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man -- the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.

Category: Beauty

Beggars should be entirely abolished! Truly, it is annoying to give to them and annoying not to give to them.

Category: Beggars

Early in the morning, at break of day, in all the freshness and dawn of one's strength, to read a book --I call that vicious!

Category: Books And Reading

The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.

Category: Books And Reading

Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain.

Category: Bores And Boredom

Only the most acute and active animals are capable of boredom. -- A theme for a great poet would be God's boredom on the seventh day of creation.

Category: Bores And Boredom

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.

Category: Brevity

You say it is the good cause that hallows even war? I tell you: it is the good war that hallows every cause.

Category: Causes

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

Category: Certainty

These people abstain, it is true: but the bitch Sensuality glares enviously out of all they do.

Category: Chastity

Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.

Category: Christians And Christianity