1844-1900, German Philosopher
''Reason'' is the cause of our falsification of the evidence of the senses. In so far as the senses show becoming, passing away, change, they do not lie.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Senses]
''To give style'' to one's character — a great and rare art! He exercises it who surveys all that his nature presents in strength and weakness and then moulds it to an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason, and even the weaknesses delight the eye.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Style]
A letter is an unannounced visit, the postman the agent of rude surprises. One ought to reserve an hour a week for receiving letters and afterwards take a bath.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Letters]
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Focus]
A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Inaction]
A strong and secure man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds alike) just as he digests his meat, even when he has some bits to swallow.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Experience]
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Friends and Friendship]
Actual philosophers… are commanders and law-givers: they say ''thus it shall be!'', it is they who determine the Wherefore and Whither of mankind, and they possess for this task the preliminary work of all the philosophical laborers, of all those who have subdued the past — they reach for the future with creative hand, and everything that is or has been becomes for them a means, an instrument, a hammer. Their ''knowing'' is creating, their creating is a law giving, their will to truth is — will to power. Are their such philosophers today? Have there been such philosophers? Must there not be such philosophers?
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Philosophers and Philosophy]
After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Religion]
Again and again I am brought up against it, and again and again I resist it: I don't want to believe it, even though it is almost palpable: the vast majority lack an intellectual conscience; indeed, it often seems to me that to demand such a thing is to be in the most populous cities as solitary as in the desert.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Conscience]
Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Bores and Boredom]
All in all, punishment hardens and renders people more insensible; it concentrates; it increases the feeling of estrangement; it strengthens the power of resistance.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Punishment]
All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Taste]
All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher, which is to solve the problem of value, to determine the true hierarchy of values.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Value]
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Walking]
Altered opinions do not alter a man's character (or do so very little); but they do illuminate individual aspects of the constellation of his personality which with a different constellation of opinions had hitherto remained dark and unrecognizable.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Opinions]
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Cities and City Life]
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 – [Forgiveness]
Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Merit]
Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.
Friedrich Nietzsche – [Arts and Artists]