|Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 - 1900|
Before there was H.L. Mencken, (See earlier post, The Sage of Baltimore 2/29/12) , there was Friedrich Nietzsche who exalted the individual and despised the constricting power of the state. Here is a sampling of his thought...
1) You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
2) I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
3) Amor Fati – “Love Your Fate”, which is in fact your life.
4) One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
5) A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
6) Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
7) In truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.
8) Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
9) No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
10) You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
11) But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
12) Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.
13) What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.
14) Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology.
15) That which does not kill me makes me stronger.
|Wanderer Above the Mist, Caspar David Friedrich|
16) Man is something to be surpassed.
17) A man’s maturity: that is to have rediscovered the seriousness he possessed as a child at play.
18) The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets successfully through many a bad night.
19) Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies (See earlier post, Breivik and Oldman, 4/20/12).
20) The secret of the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment of existence is: to live dangerously!
21) Plato was a bore. (See earlier Commander Kelly post, Liberals and Conservatives / Plato and Aristotle, 12/16/11)
22) All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
23) 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.
24) Art is the proper task of life.
25) He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
26) He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
27) I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.
28) In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.
29) In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
30) The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
31) There are no facts, only interpretations.
Thus Spake Zarathustra by Richard Strauss
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