The Daily Nietzsche

A collection of quotations from good ol' Nietzsche.

The task of painting the picture of life, often as it has been attempted by poets and philosophers, is nevertheless irrational. Even in the hands of the greatest artist-thinkers, pictures and miniatures of one life only — their own — have come into being, and indeed no other result is possible.

— Friedrich Nietzsche in Human, All Too Human, Part Two, Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions


Like a stranger and an outcast, I move among them not one of their words or looks reaches me any longer. I am dumb for no one understands my speech ah, but they never did understand me! Or does the same fate bear the same burden on its soul? It is terrible to be condemned to silence when one has so much to say […] Was I made for solitude or for a life in which there was no one to whom I could speak? The inability to communicate one’s thoughts is in very truth the most terrible of all kinds of loneliness.

Friedrich Nietzsche, from Selected Letters (via violentwavesofemotion)


Why do we overestimate love to the disadvantage of justice, saying the nicest things about it, as if it were a far higher essence than justice? Isn’t love obviously more foolish? Of course, but for just that reason so much more pleasant for everyone.

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human, Part One, On the History of Moral Feelings


If we make it clear to anyone that…he can never speak of truth, but only of probability and its degrees, we generally discover…how greatly men prefer the uncertainty of their intellectual horizon, and how in their heart of hearts they hate the truth because of its definiteness. Is this due to a secret fear felt by all that the light of truth may at some time be turned to brightly upon themselves?…Or is it to be traced to their horror of the all-too-brilliant light, to which their crepuscular, easily dazzled, bat-like souls are not accustomed, so that hate it they must?

— Friedrich Nietzsche in Human, All Too Human, Part Two, Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions


He who realises at last how long and how thoroughly he has been befooled, embraces out of spite even the ugliest reality. So that in the long run of the world’s history the best men have always been wooers of reality, for the best have always been longest and most thoroughly deceived.

— Friedrich Nietzsche in Human, All Too Human, Part Two, Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions