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October 15, 1844 –August 25, 1900. One of the most well known philosophers of all time was born in the Prussian province of Saxony back in 1844. He was raised by his mother, her two sisters and one of his grandmothers after his dad died when he was just five. Young Friedrich showed intellectual potential from an early age, winning a scholarship to a preparatory school when he was 14. He originally intended on joining the clergy, so it's no surprise he took immediately to religious studies. After graduating, he continued on at the University of Bonn where he studied theology as well as classical philosophy. He didn't last long as a student of theology, though, and transferred to Leipzig. There he first met the works of Kant, Schopenhauer and the music of Wagner. Within four years of graduating high school, Nietzsche was in the military but there, too, his career was cut short due to an illness. Owing to his intelligence, he was called to the University of Basel where he chaired the classical philology department at just 24. There he was become friends with Wagner himself and found celebrity when he published "The Birth of Tragedy." This would signal a turning point from which Nietzsche would never return. The one time theology lover spent the rest of his life rallying against religion and traditional morals. He adopted nihilism as his philosophy, but unlike so many, viewed it as an optimistic viewpoint, capable of saving its followers from a meaningless life. His end began in January 1889. The man who authored "The Will to Power" saw a horse give up under the weight of its carriage and suffered a mental breakdown. He would die a year later hardly ever uttering another word.

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Insanity in individuals is rare - but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Hold a true friend with both your hands.
Friedrich Nietzsche

To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen. Few in pursuit of the goal.
Friedrich Nietzsche

What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

One ought to hold on to one's heart. For if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head
too.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for
the first time.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Only sick music makes money today.
Friedrich Nietzsche

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one
cannot fly into flying.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Distrust in all whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from
life is to live dangerously!
Friedrich Nietzsche

In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.
Friedrich Nietzsche

All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a
function of power and not truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The earth has a skin and that skin has diseases; one of its diseases is called man.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
Friedrich Nietzsche

Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions
destroyed.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Is it better to out-monster the monster or to be quietly devoured?
Friedrich Nietzsche

The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the
most dangerous plaything.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to
invent laughter.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation.
Friedrich Nietzsche

An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
Friedrich Nietzsche

He who thinks a great deal is not suited to be a party man: he thinks his way through the
party and out the other side too soon.
Friedrich Nietzsche

What is the seal of liberation? Not to be ashamed in front of oneself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who
want to believe.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith: not wanting to know what the truth is.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man?
Friedrich Nietzsche

The most spiritual human beings, assuming they are the most courageous, also experience by
far the most painful tragedies: but it is precisely for this reason that they honor life, because
it brings against them its most formidable weapons.
Friedrich Nietzsche

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
Friedrich Nietzsche

We often contradict an opinion for no other reason than that we do not like the tone in which
it is expressed.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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