Wisdom from Friedrich Nietzsche

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PostSat Apr 03, 2010 11:28 pm » by Lucidlemondrop


The gentle art of sanity amidst civilization
40 Belief-Shaking Remarks From a Ruthless Nonconformist

by David on March 26, 2010
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If there’s one thing Friedrich Nietzsche did well, it’s obliterate feel-good beliefs people have about themselves. He has been criticized for being a misanthrope, a subvert, a cynic and a pessimist, but I think these assessments are off the mark. I believe he only wanted human beings to be more honest with themselves.

He did have a remarkable gift for aphorism — he once declared, “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.” A hundred years after his death, Nietzsche retains his disturbing talent for turning a person’s worldview upside-down with one jarring remark.

Even today his words remain controversial. They hit nerves. Most of his views are completely at odds with the status quo.

Here are 40 unsympathetic statements from the man himself. Many you’ll agree with. Others you will resist, but these are the ones to pay the most attention to — your beliefs are being challenged. It’s either an opportunity to grow, or to insist that you already know better. If any of them hit a nerve in you, ask yourself why.

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1. People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.

2. He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.

3. The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

4. There are no facts, only interpretations.

5. Morality is but the herd-instinct in the individual.

6. No one talks more passionately about his rights than he who in the depths of his soul doubts whether he has any.

7. Without music, life would be a mistake.

8. Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot, a bad apple, is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn’t.

9. In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.

10. The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

11. A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

12. We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the way in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.

13. No victor believes in chance.

14. Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

15. Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.

16. It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

17. The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

18. The future influences the present just as much as the past.

19. The most common lie is that which one tells himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.

20. I counsel you, my friends: Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

21. Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, is what makes someone a friend.

22. God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.

23. Success has always been a great liar.

24. Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.

25. What do you regard as most humane? To spare someone shame.

26. Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.

27. When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one.

28. When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets.

29. Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises.

30. All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

31. What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.

32. Fear is the mother of morality.

33. A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.

34. Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell.

35. There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.

36. The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.

37. The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart — not something that comes upon the earth or after death.

38. What is the mark of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.

39. Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.

40. We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.

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PostSun Apr 04, 2010 12:15 am » by Zegtelzegtel


lucidlemondrop wrote:
4. There are no facts, only interpretations.

5. Morality is but the herd-instinct in the individual.

7. Without music, life would be a mistake.

10. The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

12. We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the way in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.

13. No victor believes in chance.

16. It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

26. Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.

30. All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

35. There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.

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awesome quotes....thanx for that Lucidl.

the ones I selected are the way I see things...
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PostSun Apr 04, 2010 12:22 am » by Lucidlemondrop


Hey there Zeg.

You are perceptive I see.

yeah, I am Okay. I am impressed that you noted the moments of potential "falling away"

Yes, and because of the power of the "center" ( which Low6 reminded me of) along with the well wishes and positive influence of those here who are about a healthy kind of communication I am back to myself.

It has been a ride, sure.

I am blessed by the force and through my friends, known and not so known that it is all just a curve ball!


Love ya.............and others like you!
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PostSun Apr 04, 2010 12:25 am » by Dmtshaman


lucidlemondrop wrote:
7. Without music, life would be a mistake.

35. There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.

:rtft: These two stand out for me...The world is made of language and music, the ones who know the right words to say and the right song to sing, can create their own universe... :sunny:
...If the words "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isnt worth the Hemp its written on...

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PostSun Apr 04, 2010 12:29 am » by Lucidlemondrop


Nice to see you in the forums.
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PostSun Apr 04, 2010 12:32 am » by Zegtelzegtel


lucidlemondrop wrote:Hey there Zeg.

You are perceptive I see.

yeah, I am Okay. I am impressed that you noted the moments of potential "falling away"

Yes, and because of the power of the "center" ( which Low6 reminded me of) along with the well wishes and positive influence of those here who are about a healthy kind of communication I am back to myself.

It has been a ride, sure.

I am blessed by the force and through my friends, known and not so known that it is all just a curve ball!


Love ya.............and others like you!


thanx.......
nice to hear you are ok....and that you have peace with it....
is it normal that I cant pm you?
love ya tooo.........and others like you
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PostSun Apr 04, 2010 1:39 am » by Lowsix


Nieztche rendered himself in two by sliding along the razor sharp blade of the paradox.

It utterly broke him and made him insane.

To realize that having a 'faith' and a 'comforter'
in the end...was far more important than proving
a case of humanistic superiority
by separating oneself from god by reason.

The truth of this contemplation rendered him silent..utterly silent..
for the last eleven years of his life. He sat...staring blankly..into the abyss,
which he himself had dug. An abyss whose walls he crafted far too slick to climb out.

Because a separation done by reason cannot be undone.
Except in the lucky and the humble.

Of which he was neither.

He refused to separate god from religion.
Said religion made mankind weak....disdained compassion, while realizing that without it, a sickly soul as himself, would have no lot in the Philosophical world he envisioned.

He was one of the few rare, contemporary Darwinists, in the purest sense,
and following his line of reasoning leads one down the darkest path...one where he realize he was neither worthy of life, nor capable of receiving redemption from the God he had killed with Reason.

A genius who died a madman...of his own making.
Take heed, his was the path of the rabid humanist.
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PostSun Apr 04, 2010 2:51 am » by Lucidlemondrop


zegtelzegtel wrote:
lucidlemondrop wrote:Hey there Zeg.

You are perceptive I see.

yeah, I am Okay. I am impressed that you noted the moments of potential "falling away"

Yes, and because of the power of the "center" ( which Low6 reminded me of) along with the well wishes and positive influence of those here who are about a healthy kind of communication I am back to myself.

It has been a ride, sure.

I am blessed by the force and through my friends, known and not so known that it is all just a curve ball!


Love ya.............and others like you!


thanx.......
nice to hear you are ok....and that you have peace with it....
is it normal that I cant pm you?
love ya tooo.........and others like you


I made my profile private and now I don't know how to make it public again.
What a long strange trip it's been..............

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PostSun Apr 04, 2010 3:36 am » by TheDuck


Sorry didn't read but don't most geniuses die madmen... :think:

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PostSun Apr 04, 2010 3:44 am » by Lucidlemondrop


Hey, any seasoned mods?

How do I unblock my private setting on profile?

I really don't often check that email I put up a minute ago cause it was just for the board and I would prefer to have dtv mail come here;
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