Friedrich Nietzsche

I make for my goal, I follow my course; over the loitering and tardy will I leap.

Friedrich nietzsche

It is time for man to fix his goal. It is time for man to plant the seed of his highest hope. His soil is still rich enough for it. But that soil will one day be poor and exhausted, and no lofty tree will any longer be able to grow there.

Action

So you will learn from me;
only the one who acts learns.

All good things follow crooked paths towards their goal

All good things follow crooked paths towards their goal. They bend like cats, purring from the proximity of their happiness: all good things laugh.

Whether a man is already walking along his path, is not - this is betrayed by his gait: look how I walk! Well, and the one who approaches his goal, he dances!

And truly, I have not yet become a monument and have not become motionless, dull, petrified like a pillar: I like to run fast.

Although there are bogs on the ground and a viscous sadness, all the same, the one with light legs even runs through the silt and dances on it, as on cleared ice.

My brothers, lift your hearts higher and higher! But don't forget about your legs! Higher, like dashing dancers, raise your legs, or even better - stand on your head! 

All good things follow crooked paths towards their goal.

One cannot fly into flying

She who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. 

The higher the mountains I climb, the fewer people climb with me.

I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.

Amor Fati

Not only to bear up under every
necessity, but to love it.

My formula for greatness

My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it—all idealism is mendaciousness in the face of what is necessary—but love it

To see as beautiful what is necessary in things

I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things:—then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love from henceforth!

My formula is Amor fati: ... not only to bear up under every necessity, but to love it.

Art

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

One must give value to their existence

One must give value to their existence by behaving as if ones very existence were a work of art.

A certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication

For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.

He observes closely, and he enjoys his observation

Thus the man who is responsive to artistic stimuli reacts to the reality of dreams as does the philosopher to the reality of existence; he observes closely, and he enjoys his observation: for it is out of these images that he interprets life, out of these processes that he trains himself for life.

The deification of existence

Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence.

Salvation from suffering, and life's alleviation

Creating—that is the great salvation from suffering, and life's alleviation. But for the creator to appear, suffering itself is needed, and much transformation.

Creating is the great salvation from suffering

Creating—that is the great salvation from suffering, and life's alleviation. But for the creator to appear, suffering itself is needed, and much transformation.

Art is the proper task of life.

Being

Become who you are!

Every man knows well enough that he is a unique being

At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.

No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life

There may be countless trails and bridges and demigods who would gladly carry you across; but only at the price of pawning and forgoing yourself. There is one path in the world that none can walk but you. Where does it lead? Don’t ask, walk!

Go your ways! and let the people and peoples go theirs!

Discover the child in man!

In a real man there is a child hidden: it wants to play. Up then, you women, and discover the child in man!

Man's maturity

Man's maturity: to have regained the seriousness that he had as a child at play.

To take a somewhat bold and dangerous line with this existence

One has to take a somewhat bold and dangerous line with this existence: especially as, whatever happens, we are bound to lose it.

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

Death

One should die proudly when
it is no longer possible to live proudly.

My dear friend, what is this our life?

A boat that swims in the sea, and all one knows for certain about it is that one day it will capsize. Here we are, two good old boats that have been faithful neighbors, and above all your hand has done its best to keep me from "capsizing"! 

Let us then continue our voyage

Let us then continue our voyage—each for the other's sake, for a long time yet, a long time! We should miss each other so much! Tolerably calm seas and good winds and above all sun—what I wish for myself, I wish for you, too, and am sorry that my gratitude can find expression only in such a wish and has no influence at all on wind or weather!

One should die proudly

One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.

Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what’s not working.

Enlightenment

And once you are awake, you shall remain awake eternally.

Human being is something that must be overcome

Human being is something that must be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?

As long as you still experience the stars as something "above you", you lack the eye of knowledge.

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

Seriousness at play

Man's maturity: to have regained the seriousness that he had as a child at play.

The higher the mountains I climb, the fewer people climb with me.

Freedom

Freedom is the will to be
responsible for ourselves.

Today as always, men fall into two groups

Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.

To live as it pleases me, or not to live at all

But it is better to be mad with happiness than with failure, it is better to dance awkwardly than to walk with a limp.

But what if you had so much money that you couldn’t possibly want any more? What would you do then?

He who has attained the freedom of reason to any extent cannot, for a long time, regard himself otherwise than as a wanderer on the face of the earth - and not even as a traveler towards a final goal, for there is no such thing. 

Take pleasure in change and transitoriness

But he certainly wants to observe and keep his eyes open to whatever actually happens in the world; therefore he cannot attach his heart too firmly to anything individual; he must have in himself something wandering that takes pleasure in change and transitoriness.

Man's maturity: to have regained the seriousness that he had as a child at play.

Self

The worst enemy you can encounter
will always be yourself.

One must learn to love oneself

One must learn to love oneself- thus do I teach- with a wholesome and healthy love: that one may endure to be with oneself, and not go roving about.

What is the seal of liberation? Not to be ashamed in front of oneself.

Use your own legs

If you would go up high, then use your own legs! Do not get yourselves carried aloft; do not seat yourselves on other people's backs and heads!

There is more reason in your body than in your best wisdom

Behind your thoughts and feelings, my brother, there is a mighty lord, an unknown sage - his name is self; he dwells in your body, he is your body.

The abyss stares back at you

When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you.

The most spiritual men, as the strongest, find their happiness where others would find their destruction.

The most spiritual men, as the strongest, find their happiness where others would find their destruction: in the labyrinth, in hardness against themselves and others, in experiments. Their joy is self-conquest: asceticism becomes in them nature, need, and instinct. Difficult tasks are a privilege to them; to play with burdens that crush others, a recreation. Knowledge–a form of asceticism. They are the most venerable kind of man: that does not preclude their being the most cheerful and the kindliest.

Solitude

He who delights in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

The lonely one eats himself

In loneliness, the lonely one eats himself; in a crowd, the many eat him. Now choose.

The greatest events are our stillest hours

Believe me, friend Hellishnoise: the greatest events—they are not our loudest but our stillest hours.

Solitude will make you weary

But one day solitude will make you weary, one day your pride will buckle and your courage gnash its teeth. One day you will cry, 'I am alone!

To live alone one must be either a beast or a god

To live alone one must be either a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both - a philosopher.

True company

My solitude doesn’t depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company.

There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.

The strength of a person's spirit would then be measured by how much 'truth' he could tolerate, or more precisely, to what extent he needs to have it diluted, disguised, sweetened, muted, falsified.

Wisdom

Be careful when you cast out your demons that you don’t throw away the best of yourself.

A little wisdom is already possible

A little wisdom is already possible; but what a blissful confidence I found in all things: they prefer to dance on the feet of chance!

Rather know nothing than half-know many things

Rather know nothing than half-know many things! Rather be a fool on one's own account than a wise man in the opinion of others!

Dare only to believe in yourselves

Dare only to believe in yourselves- in yourselves and in your inward parts! He who does not believe in himself always lies.

Never yield to remorse

Remorse.-- Never yield to remorse, but at once tell yourself: remorse would simply mean adding to the first act of stupidity a second.

Do I then strive after happiness? I strive after my work!

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