124+ Best Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history. Profoundly inspirational Friedrich Nietzsche quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself? – Friedrich Nietzsche

There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Do you want to have an easy life? Then always stay with the herd and lose yourself in the herd. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Every true faith is infallible. It performs what the believing person hopes to find in it. But it does not offer the least support for the establishing of an objective truth. Here the ways of men divide. If you want to achieve peace of mind and happiness, have faith. If you want to be a disciple of truth, then search. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I have found strength where one does not look for it: in simple, mild, and pleasant people, without the least desire to rule — and, conversely, the desire to rule has often appeared to me a sign of inward weakness: they fear their own slave soul and shroud it in a royal cloak (in the end, they still become the slaves of their followers, their fame, etc.) – Friedrich Nietzsche

Belief in the truth commences with the doubting of all those truths we once believed. – Friedrich Nietzsche

There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all. – Friedrich Nietzsche

If you know the why, you can live any how. – Friedrich Nietzsche

To have and to want more that is life. – Friedrich Nietzsche

One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil. – Friedrich Nietzsche

To learn to see- to accustom the eye to calmness, to patience, and to allow things to come up to it; to defer judgment, and to acquire the habit of approaching and grasping an individual case from all sides. This is the first preparatory schooling of intellectuality. One must not respond immediately to a stimulus; one must acquire a command of the obstructing and isolating instincts. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Cynicism is the only form in which base souls approach honesty. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Be careful who you choose as your enemy because that’s who you become most like. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Without passions you have no experience whatever. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I was in darkness, but I took three steps and found myself in paradise. The first step was a good thought, the second, a good word; and the third, a good deed. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The Great Man is colder, harder, less hesitating, and without fear of ‘opinion’; he lacks the virtues that accompany respect and ‘respectability,’ and altogether everything that is the ‘virtue of the herd.’ If he cannot lead, he goes alone… He knows he is incommunicable: he finds it tasteless to be familiar… When not speaking to himself, he wears a mask. There is a solitude within him that is inaccessible to praise or blame. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly. – Friedrich Nietzsche

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I climb upon the highest mountains, laughing at all tragedies – whether real or imaginary. – Friedrich Nietzsche

What is the task of higher education? To make a man into a machine. What are the means employed? He is taught how to suffer being bored. – Friedrich Nietzsche

He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you. – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Everything matters. Nothing’s important. – Friedrich Nietzsche

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Whoever has not two-thirds of his time to himself, is a slave. – Friedrich Nietzsche

People who live in an age of corruption are witty and slanderous; they know that there are other kinds of murder than by dagger or assault; they also know that whatever is well said is believed. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Lust is only a sweet poison for the weakling, but for those who will with a lion’s heart it is the reverently reserved wine of wines. – Friedrich Nietzsche

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. – Friedrich Nietzsche

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Death is close enough at hand, so we do not need to be afraid of life. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Silence is worse; all truths that are kept silent become poisonous. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I overcame myself, the sufferer; I carried my own ashes to the mountains; I invented a brighter flame for myself. – Friedrich Nietzsche

After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Every man has his price. This is not true. But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing. To win over certain people to something, it is only necessary to give it a gloss of love of humanity, nobility, gentleness, self-sacrifice – and there is nothing you cannot get them to swallow. To their souls, these are the icing, the tidbit; other kinds of souls have others. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Let us not underestimate the privileges of the mediocre. As one climbs higher, life becomes ever harder, the coldness increases, responsibility increases. – Friedrich Nietzsche

We are so fond of being out among nature, because it has no opinions about us. – Friedrich Nietzsche

A very popular error: having the courage of one’s convictions; rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack on one’s convictions. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The idealist is incorrigible: if he is thrown out of his heaven, he makes an ideal of his hell. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Marriage was contrived for ordinary people, for people who are capable of neither great love nor great friendship, which is to say, for most people–but also for those exceptionally rare ones who are capable of love as well as of friendship. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate. – Friedrich Nietzsche

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche

One must be a sea, to receive a polluted stream without becoming impure. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Creating-that is the great salvation from suffering. – Friedrich Nietzsche

If the all-powerful god controls satan he is an accomplice, and if he doesn’t, he is not an all-powerful god. – Friedrich Nietzsche

We forget our guilt when we have confessed it to another, but the other does not usually forget it. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The real question is: How much truth can I stand? – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

You cannot learn to fly by flying. First you must learn to walk, to run, to climb, to dance. – Friedrich Nietzsche

But the worst enemy you can meet will always be yourself; you lie in wait for yourself in caverns and forests. Lonely one, you are going the way to yourself! And your way goes past yourself, and past your seven devils! You will be a heretic to yourself and witch and soothsayer and fool and doubter and unholy one and villain. You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame: how could you become new, if you had not first become ashes? – Friedrich Nietzsche

If one seeks relief from unbearable pressure, one is to eat hashish. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The love of power is the demon of mankind. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Sit as little as possible. Give no credence to any thought that was not born outdoors while moving about freely. – Friedrich Nietzsche

All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down. – Friedrich Nietzsche

In revenge and in love, woman is more barbarous than man. – Friedrich Nietzsche

All great men are play actors of their own ideal. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Nobody can build the bridge for you to walk across the river of life, no one but you yourself alone. There are, to be sure, countless paths and bridges and demi-gods which would carry you across this river; but only at the cost of yourself; you would pawn yourself and lose. There is in the world only one way, on which nobody can go, except you: where does it lead? Do not ask, go along with it. – Friedrich Nietzsche

There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them. – Friedrich Nietzsche

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory. – Friedrich Nietzsche

To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The strong individual loves the earth so much he lusts for recurrence. He can smile in the face of the most terrible thought: meaningless, aimless existence recurring eternally. The second characteristic of such a man is that he has the strength to recognize – and to live with the recognition – that the world is valueless in itself and that all values are human ones. He creates himself by fashioning his own values; he has the pride to live by the values he wills. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Here the ways of men divide. If you wish to strive for peace of soul and happiness, then believe; if you wish to be a disciple of truth, then inquire. – Friedrich Nietzsche

At the beginning of a marriage ask yourself whether this woman will be interesting to talk to from now until old age. Everything else in marriage is transitory: most of the time is spent in conversation. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Above all, there is no exception to this rule: that the idea of political superiority always resolves itself into the idea of psychological superiority. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The purpose of criminal law is to punish the enemies of those in power. – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Science is about finding ever better approximations rather than pretending you have already found ultimate truth. A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I hate you most because you attract but are not strong enough to pull me to you. – Friedrich Nietzsche

But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeketh to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthward, downward, into the dark and deep — into the evil. – Friedrich Nietzsche

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. – Friedrich Nietzsche

To one who is accustomed to thinking a lot, every new thought that he hears or reads about immediately appears as a link in a chain. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The greatest cure for love is still that time honoured medicine – love returned. – Friedrich Nietzsche

No artist tolerates reality. – Friedrich Nietzsche

You say ‘I’ and you are proud of this word. But greater than this- although you will not believe in it – is your body and its great intelligence, which does not say ‘I’ but performs ‘I’. – Friedrich Nietzsche

They muddy the water, to make it seem deep. – Friedrich Nietzsche

They devour each other and cannot even digest themselves. – Friedrich Nietzsche

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses. – Friedrich Nietzsche

What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more’ … Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: ‘You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Life is the will to power; our natural desire to dominate and reshape the world to fit our own preferences and assert our personal strength to the fullest degree. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent. – Friedrich Nietzsche

For this remains as I have already pointed out the essential difference between the two religions of decadence: Buddhism promises nothing, but actually fulfils; Christianity promises everything, but fulfils nothing. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Nobody is more inferior than those who insist on being equal. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Everything in the world displeases me: but, above all, my displeasure in everything displeases me. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Everything becomes and recurs eternally – escape is impossible! – Friedrich Nietzsche

Those you cannot teach to fly, teach to fall faster. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Who is better, they who promote truth over happiness, or happiness over truth? – Friedrich Nietzsche

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. – Friedrich Nietzsche

We labor at our daily work more ardently and thoughtlessly than is necessary to sustain our life because it is even more necessary not to have leisure to stop and think. Haste is universal because everyone is in flight from himself. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I call a lie: wanting not to see something one does see, wanting not to see something as one sees it… The most common lie is the lie one tells to oneself; lying to others is relatively the exception. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. – Friedrich Nietzsche

He who does not desire much more from things than knowledge of them easily makes peace with his soul. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Become who you are! – Friedrich Nietzsche

I and me are always too deeply in conversation. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The discipline of suffering, of great suffering – do you not know that it is this discipline alone that has produced all the elevations of humanity so far? – Friedrich Nietzsche

Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Loneliness is one thing, solitude another. – Friedrich Nietzsche

What is bad? All that proceeds from weakness – Friedrich Nietzsche

Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Beware of spitting against the wind! – Friedrich Nietzsche

The higher man is distinguished from the lower by his fearlessness and his readiness to challenge misfortune. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith: not wanting to know what is true. – Friedrich Nietzsche

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Man is the only animal that must be encouraged to live. – Friedrich Nietzsche

There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The craving for equality can express itself either as a desire to pull everyone down to our own level (by belittling them, excluding them, tripping them up) or as a desire to raise ourselves up along with everyone else (by acknowledging them, helping them, and rejoicing in their success). – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

What destroys a man more quickly than to work, think and feel without inner necessity, without any deep personal desire, without pleasure – as a mere automaton of duty? – Friedrich Nietzsche

Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves. It is to preserve the distance which separates us from other men. To grow more indifferent to hardship, to severity, to privation, and even to life itself. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The ‘kingdom of God’ is not something one waits for; it has no yesterday or tomorrow, it does not come ‘in a thousand years’ it is an experience within a heart; it is everywhere, it is nowhere. – Friedrich Nietzsche

A moral system valid for all is basically immoral. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason, he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything. – Friedrich Nietzsche

One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Few are made for independence; it is the privilege of the strong. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Some die too young, some die too old; the precept sounds strange, but die at the right age. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Profundity of thought belongs to youth, clarity of thought to old age. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Behind your thoughts and feelings, my brother, there stands a mighty ruler. an unknown sage – whose name is self. In yourt body he dwells; he is your body. There is more reason in your body than in your best wisdom. – Friedrich Nietzsche

He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Throw roses into the abyss and say: ‘here is my thanks to the monster who didn’t succeed in swallowing me alive. – Friedrich Nietzsche

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