60 Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes About Success, Life & Wisdom

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Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar. He lived from 15th October 1844 – 25th August 1900, and his work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.

Before pursuing a career in philosophy, Neitzsche was initially a classical philologist. He became the youngest person ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869. His age? Just 24 years old…

We’ve put together this incredible collection of the best Friedrich Nietzsche quotes:


60 Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

1. “A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

2. “All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

3. “Fear is the mother of morality.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

4. “He who laughs best today, will also laughs last.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

5. “Instinct. When the house burns one forgets even lunch. Yes, but one eats it later in the ashes.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

6. “Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

8. “That which needs to be proved cannot be worth much” – Friedrich Nietzsche

9. “The lie is a condition of life.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


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10. “The spiritualization of sensuality is called love: it is a great triumph over Christianity.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


11. “To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

12. “Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

13. “A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

14. “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

15. “For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

16. “Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

18. “Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

19. “One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


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


21. “The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

22. “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.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

23. “To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

24. “When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

25. “After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

26. “Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

27. “He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

28. “I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

29. “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


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30. “Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


31. “One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

32. “The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

33. “The more abstract the truth you want to teach, the more thoroughly you must seduce the senses to accept it.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

35. “To make the individual uncomfortable, that is my task.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

36. “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.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

37. “Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

38. “Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

39. “He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


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40. “I love those who do not know how to live for today.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


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

42. “Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

43. “Success has always been a great liar.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

44. “The future influences the present just as much as the past.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

45. “The person lives most beautifully who does not reflect upon existence” – Friedrich Nietzsche

46. “There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

47. “We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

48. “Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

49. “All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


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50. “Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


51. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

52. “If you believed more in life you would fling yourself less to the moment.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

53. “Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

54. “On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

55. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

56. “The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

57. “The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

58. “There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

59. “What really raises one’s indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

60. “You gave him an opportunity of showing greatness of character and he did not seize it. He will never forgive you for that.” – Friedrich Nietzsche



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