Mixed Opinions and Maxims

Aphoristic Insights by Friedrich Nietzsche

Last updated: 3/95

Whoever is a teacher through and through takes all things seriously only in relation to his students--even himself. (Beyond Good and Evil, 63).

The educational system. The educational system in large states will always be mediocre at best, for the same reason that the cooking in large kitchens is at best mediocre. (Human-all-too-Human, 467).

Copies. Not infrequently, one encounters copies of important people; and, as with paintings, most people prefer the copy to the orginal. (Human-all-too-Human, 294).

Under peaceful conditions a warlike man sets upon himself. (Beyond Good and Evil, 76).

There are no moral phenomena at all, but only moral interpretation of phenomena --(Beyond Good and Evil, 108).

Madness is rare in individuals--but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule (Beyond Good and Evil,156).

Enemies of Truth. Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. (Human-all-too-Human, 483).

From the Military School of Life. What does not kill me makes me stronger. (Twilight of the Idols, "Maxims and Arrows" 8).

New Struggles.-- After Buddha was dead, his shadow was still shown for centuries in a cave--a tremendous, gruesome shadow. God is dead; but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown.--Andwe--we still have to vanquish his shadow, too. (The Gay Science, 108)

For the new year.--I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think. Sum, ergo cogito: cogito, ergo sum. Today everybody permits himself the expression of his wish and his dearest thought; hence I , too, shall say what it is that I wish from myself today, and what was the first thought to run across my heart this year--what thought shall be for me the reason, warranty, and sweetness of my life henceforth. I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor Fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer. (The Gay Science, 276).

I know my fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous--a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed so far. I am no man, I am dynamite.-- (Ecce Homo, "Why I am a Destiny", 1).

douglast@cwis.usc.edu Created: 3/29/95 Last Updated: 3/29/95