Friedrich Nietzsche (born 15 October 1844, Röcken, Lützen, Germany – died 25 August 1900, Weimar, Germany) was a German shcholar, poet, writer, cultural critic and philosopher who became one of the most influential of all modern thinkers. He is known for his writings on good and evil, the end of religion in modern society and the concept of a "super-man".
Without music, life would be a mistake. To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. 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. Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them! One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too. And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. The tree that would grow to heaven must send its roots to hell. You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. In heaven, all the interesting people are missing. The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. 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. He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. 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. The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly. There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth. No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone. There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe. 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. The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind. He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary. Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. 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. There are no facts, only interpretations. In loneliness, the lonely one eats himself; in a crowd, the many eat him. Now choose. The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders. Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you. We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. 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. The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives; who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves?
Friedrich Nietzsche When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago. The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. Man is the cruelest animal. Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man? The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night. 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. Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier and simpler. Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood. Faith: not wanting to know what the truth is. All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. We have art in order not to die of the truth.
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.