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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“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
“Of course one ought to express pity, but one ought to guard against having it; for unfortunate people are so stupid that they count the expression of pity as the greatest good on earth.”

- Human, All Too Human
"No one would strive for education if they knew how unbelievably small the number of truly educated people actually was, or ever could be. But it is impossible to achieve even this small quota of truly educated people unless a great mass of people is tricked, seduced, into going against their nature and pursuing an education. As a result, we must never publicly betray the ridiculous disproportion between the number of truly educated people and the size of our monstrously overgrown educational system. That is the real secret of education: Countless people fight for it, and think they are fighting for themselves, but at bottom it is only to make education possible for a very few."

- Anti-Education
“What we do is never understood but always only praised or censured.”

- The Gay Science
“Almost everywhere it was madness which prepared the way for the new idea, which broke the spell of a venerated usage and superstition.”

- Daybreak
"Striving for ‘universal education’ weakens education so much that it can no longer bestow any privileges or be worthy of any respect at all. The most universal education of all is barbarism, is it not?"

- Anti-Education
“His whole nature fails to persuade; that is because he has never remained silent about any of his good deeds.”

- The Gay Science
“No victor believes in chance.”

- The Gay Science
“The pity that the spectators then express consoles the weak and suffering, inasmuch as they see that, despite all their weakness, they still have at least one power: the power to hurt.”

- Human, All Too Human
“We still draw the conclusions of judgments we consider false, of teachings in which we no longer believe - our feelings make us do it.”

- Daybreak
“Not whence you came shall henceforth constitute your honour, but whither you are going!”

- Thus Spoke Zarathustra