Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

15 Oct 1844 // 25 Aug 1900


The Price of Independence (1)

It is the business of the very few to be independent; it is a privilege of the strong. And whoever attempts it, even with the best right, but without being obliged to do so, proves that he is ...

How Many Centuries Does a Mind Require to Be Understood? (2)

The greatest events and thoughts - the greatest thoughts, however, are the greatest events - are longest in being comprehended: the generations which are contemporary with them do not experience

The Four Virtues (3)

To live in a vast and proud tranquility; always beyond... To have, or not to have, one's emotions, one's For and Against, according to choice; to lower oneself to them for hours; to seat onese...

Great Things Through Solitude (4)

A man who strives after great things, looks upon every one whom he encounters on his way either as a means of advance, or a delay and hindrance - or as a temporary resting-place. His peculiar lofty <...

Unfavourable Conditions are Essential for Success (5)

A species originates, and a type becomes established and strong in the long struggle with essentially constant unfavourable conditions. On the other hand, it is known by the experience ...

Life is Will to Power (6)

To refrain mutually from injury, from violence, from exploitation, and put one's will on a par with that of others: this may result in a certain rough sense in good conduct among individuals when the...



On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."