Friedrich Nietzsche (English)
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A channel for sharing the works of the great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Most quotes from my own reading of published English translations.

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“The morality which is antagonistic to nature, that is to say, almost every morality that has been taught, honoured and preached hitherto, is directed precisely against the life instincts. It is a condemnation, now secret, now blatant and impudent, of these very instincts.”

- Twilight of the Idols
“The spiritualisation of sensuality is called love.”

- Twilight of the Idols
“Whereas all noble morality grows out of a triumphant saying ‘yes’ to itself, slave morality says ‘no’ on principle to everything that is ‘outside’, ‘other’, ‘non-self’: and this ‘no’ is its creative deed ... in order to come about, slave morality first has to have an opposing, external world, it needs, physiologically speaking, external stimuli in order to act at all, – its action is basically a reaction.”

- On the Genealogy of Morality
“State is the name of the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it lies; and this lie slips from its mouth: 'I, the state, am the people’.”

- Thus Spoke Zarathustra
“What is new, however, is always evil, being that which wants to conquer and overthrow the old boundary markers and the old pieties; and only what is old is good. The good men are in all ages those who dig the old thoughts, digging deep and getting them to bear fruit—the farmers of the spirit. But eventually all land is exploited, and the ploughshare of evil must come again and again.”

- The Gay Science
"Fear is the mother of morality."

- Beyond Good and Evil
“What is the seal of liberation?— No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.”

- The Gay Science
“When we see somebody suffer, we like to exploit this opportunity to take possession of him”

- The Gay Science
“Perhaps Asians are distinguished above Europeans by a capacity for longer, deeper calm; even their opiates have a slow effect and require patience, as opposed to the disgusting suddenness of the European poison, alcohol.”

- The Gay Science
“One lied, mendaciously inventing reasons for these laws, simply to avoid admitting that one had become used to these laws and no longer wanted things to be different.”

- The Gay Science
“It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than to cope with a bad reputation.”

- The Gay Science
“The distinction that lies in being unhappy (as if to feel happy were a sign of shallowness, lack of ambition, ordinariness) is so great that when someone says, "But how happy you must be!" we usually protest.”

- Human, All Too Human
“Where the poor power of the eye can no longer see the evil impulse as such because it has become too subtle, man posits the realm of goodness; and the feeling that we have now entered the realm of goodness excites all those impulses which had been threatened and limited by the evil impulses, like the feeling of security, of comfort, of benevolence. Hence, the duller the eye, the more extensive the good. Hence the eternal cheerfulness of the common people and of children. Hence the gloominess and grief—akin to a bad conscience—of the great thinkers.”

- The Gay Science
“Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. They are people of a low sort and stock; the hangman and the bloodhound look out of their faces. Mistrust all who talk much of their justice! Verily, their souls lack more than honey. And when they call themselves the good and the just, do not forget that they would be pharisees, if only they had — power.”

- Thus Spoke Zarathustra
“Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity.”

- The Gay Science
“Sexual love has been glorified and deified so much in all ages—indeed, that this love has furnished the concept of love as the opposite of egoism while it actually may be the most ingenuous expression of egoism.”

- The Gay Science
“It is true: we love life not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving.”

- Thus Spoke Zarathustra
“That is how education always proceeds: one tries to condition an individual by various attractions and advantages to adopt a way of thinking and behaving that, once it has become a habit, instinct, and passion, will dominate him to his own ultimate disadvantage but “for the general good.” … If this education succeeds, then every virtue of an individual is a public utility and a private disadvantage.”

- The Gay Science
“Custom represents the experiences of men of earlier times as to what they supposed useful and harmful - but the sense for custom (morality) applies, not to these experiences as such, but to the age, the sanctity, the indiscussability of the custom. And so this feeling is a hindrance to the acquisition of new experiences and the correction of customs: that is to say, morality is a hindrance to the creation of new and better customs: it makes stupid.”

- Daybreak
“The purpose of punishment is to improve those who punish”

- The Gay Science
“You shall become the person you are.”

- The Gay Science