Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was one of the most significant German philosophers, as well as composer, poet and Literary critic. Here are 23 of our favorite quotes of his.



1.“Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.”

2.“The future influences the present just as much as the past.”

3. “Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings-always darker, emptier and simpler.”

4.“The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously.”

5.“I love those who do not know how to live for today.”

6.“If you believed more in life you would fling yourself less to the moment.”

7.“One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.”

8.“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”

9.“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.”

10.“Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule.”

11.“There are no facts, only interpretation”

12.“Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!”

13.“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.”

14.“Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.”

15.“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”

16.“We have art in order not to die of the truth.”

17.“Is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s blunders?”

18.“We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.”

19.“The spiritualization of sensuality is called love: it is a great triumph over Christianity.”

20.“One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.”

21.“Great intellects are skeptical.”

22.“When one has not had a good father, one must create one.”

23.“Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.”