80+ 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

Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.

Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?

The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.

No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.

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

What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives acts and experiences otherwise than we do?

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

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.

What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings — always darker, emptier and simpler.

Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.

I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

To find everything profound – that is an inconvenient trait. It makes one strain one’s eyes all the time, and in the end one finds more than one might have wished.

There is an old illusion. It is called good and evil.

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

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

Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good.

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

Inspirational Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

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.

How little it takes to make us happy! The sound of a bagpipe. Without music life would be a mistake. The German even imagines God as singing songs.

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.

Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.

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

People are always angry at anyone who chooses very individual standards for his life; because of the extraordinary treatment which that man grants to himself, they feel degraded, like ordinary beings.

It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.

Life is that which must overcome itself again and again.

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.

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.

Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.

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

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.

Love brings to light a lover’s noble and hidden qualities-his rare and exceptional traits: it is thus liable to be deceptive of his normal qualities.

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

One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.

Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions.

The tree that would grow to heaven must send its roots to hell.

Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.

If you know the why, you can live any how.

What is the truth, but a lie agreed upon.

Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.

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

That which needs to be proved cannot be worth much.

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.

Top Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.

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

In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.

Belief means not wanting to know what is true.

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.

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

There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.

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

There are no facts, only interpretations.

What does your conscience say? — ‘You should become the person you are’.

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

One does not only wish to be understood when one writes; one wishes just as surely not to be understood.

A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.

A thought comes when it will, not when I will.

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

It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right –especially when one is right.

The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.

To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.

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

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

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

When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.

He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.

Art is the proper task of life.

Sometimes it is harder to accede to a thing than it is to see its truth.

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

A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.

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

The lie is a condition of life.

I fear you close by; I love you far away.

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

The earth has a skin and that skin has diseases; one of its diseases is called man.

And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.

Underneath this reality in which we live and have our being, another and altogether different reality lies concealed.

A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.

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

. . . It seems to me that a human being with the very best of intentions can do immeasurable harm, if he is immodest enough to wish to profit those whose spirit and will are concealed from him. . . .