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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Friedrich Nietzsche and morality

This post is a collection of quotes from Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) about morality. There are 16 quotes listed below chronologically.


1. "Art is the supreme task and the truly metaphysical activity in this life." (The Birth of Tragedy, 1872)


2. "There exists in the world a single path along which no one can go except you: whither does it lead? Do not ask, go along it." (Untimely Meditations, 1876)


3. "Every tradition grows ever more venerable - the more remote its origin, the more confused that origin is. The reverence due to it increases from generation to generation. The tradition finally becomes holy and inspires awe." (Human, All Too Human, 1878)


4. "Everyone now exclaims loudly against torment inflicted by one person on the body of another... but we are still far from feeling so decisively and with such unanimity in regard to torments of the soul and how dreadful it is to inflict them. Christianity has made use of them on an unheard-of scale and continues to preach this species of torture." (The Dawn, 1881)


5. "In antiquity there still existed actual misfortune, pure innocent misfortune; only in Christendom did everything become punishment, well-deserved punishment." (The Dawn, 1881)


6. "For believe me! The secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is: to live dangerously!" (The Gay Science, 1882)


7. "I teach you the superman. Man is something to be surpassed. What have you done to surpass man?" (Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 1883-1892)


8. "When power becomes gracious and descends into the visible - such descent I call beauty. And there is nobody from whom I want beauty as much as from you who are powerful: let your kindness be your final self-conquest." (Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 1883-1892)


9. "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you." (Beyond Good and Evil, 1886)


10. "What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil." (Beyond Good and Evil, 1886)


11. "To be incapable of taking one's enemies, one's accidents, even one's misdeed seriously for very long - that is the sign of strong, full natures in whom there is an excess of the power to form, to mold, to recuperate and to forget." (On the Genealogy of Morality, 1887)


12. "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." (Twilight of the Idols, 1888)


13. "What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome." (The Antichrist, 1888)


14. "How much truth can a certain mind endure, how much truth can it dare? These questions became for me ever more and more the actual test of values." (Ecce Homo, 1888)


15. "Christianity... is neither Apollonian nor Dionysian. It denies all aesthetic values..." (Ecce Homo, 1888)


16. "My formula for the greatness of human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different - not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely to bear what is necessary, still less conceal it... but love it." (Ecce Homo, 1888)