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Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche
We do not belong to those who have ideas only among books, when stimulated by books. It is our habit to think outdoors - walking, leaping, climbing, dancing, preferably on lonely mountains or near the sea where even the trails become thoughtful.
All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.
At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
The craving for equality can express itself either as a desire to pull everyone down to our own level or as a desire to raise ourselves up along with everyone else.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
The most unambiguous sign that a person holds men in low esteem is this: That he either acknowledges them merely as means to his ends or does not acknowledge them at all.
Honest towards ourselves and towards anyone else who is our friend; brave towards the enemy; magnanimous towards the defeated; polite always: this is how the four cardinal virtues want us to act.
There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge.
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves?
Woman was God's second mistake.
Plato was a bore.
When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.
He who has a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.