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60 Friedrich Nietzsche quotes on life and love

Norbert Juma
Published on May 5, 2019 7:30 AM EST
60 Friedrich Nietzsche quotes on life and love

Our latest collection of Friedrich Nietzsche quotes on Everyday Power Blog.

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher, essayist, and cultural critic whose writings had a major influence on Western philosophy and intellectual history. His body of work covered a wide variety of topics, including religion, history, arts, culture, science, and philology.

60 Friedrich Nietzsche quotes on life and love

Born on October 15, 1844, Nietzsche began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. In his works, he attempted to unmask the motives that underlie traditional Western religion, morality, and philosophy. His ideas had a profound impact on generations of philosophers, psychologists, poets, theologians, playwrights, and novelists.

Most of Nietzsche’s life was plagued by health problems and he suffered a complete loss of his mental faculties in 1889 at age 44. He died in 1900.

Although his name was later invoked by fascists to advance their own German nationalist ideologies, Nietzsche was opposed to antisemitism and nationalism.

Below are some thought-provoking Friedrich Nietzsche quotes that will inspire you to think like the greats and tap into your Everyday Power.

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Friedrich Nietzsche quotes on life and love

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

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

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

4. “Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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5. “A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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6. “The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.” ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

8. “Art is the proper task of life.” ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

9. “I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.” ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

10. “Life is that which must overcome itself again and again.” ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche quotes about happiness and truth

11. “And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.” ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

12. “How little it takes to make us happy! The sound of a bagpipe. Without music life would be a mistake. The German even imagines God as singing songs.” ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

13. “In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

14. “The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

15. “What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal. ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche quotes on life

16. “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

17. “Underneath this reality in which we live and have our being, another and altogether different reality lies concealed.” ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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18. “People are always angry at anyone who chooses very individual standards for his life; because of the extraordinary treatment which that man grants to himself, they feel degraded, like ordinary beings.” ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

19. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

20. “It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

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Thought-provoking Friedrich Nietzsche quotes

21. “. . . It seems to me that a human being with the very best of intentions can do immeasurable harm, if he is immodest enough to wish to profit those whose spirit and will are concealed from him. . . .” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

24. “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

25. “In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche quotes about happiness and truth

26. “The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

27. “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

28. “Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

29. “One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Friedrich Nietzsche quotes that will change your thinking

31. “Here the ways of men divide. If you wish to strive for peace of soul and happiness, then believe; if you wish to be a disciple of truth, then inquire.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

32. “Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings — always darker, emptier and simpler.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

33. “Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

34. “One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.”
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35. “The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

Thought-provoking Friedrich Nietzsche quotes

36. “One must give value to their existence by behaving as if ones very existence were a work of art.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

37. “He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

38. “A thought comes when it will, not when I will.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

39. “A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.”
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40. “There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.”
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Friedrich Nietzsche quotes that will challenge you to think differently

41. “No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

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42. “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

43. “A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

44. “A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

45. “There are no facts, only interpretations.” ― Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche quotes that will challenge you to think differently

46. “If you know the why, you can live any how.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

47. “The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.”
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48. “There is an old illusion. It is called good and evil.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

49. “In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

50. “Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot, a bad apple, is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn’t. ” ― Friedrich Neitzsche

Other inspirational Friedrich Nietzsche quotes

51. “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

52. “There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

53. “What does your conscience say? — ‘You should become the person you are’.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

54. “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

55. “Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

56. “Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?”
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57. “I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage” ― Fredrich Nietzsche

58. “The earth has a skin and that skin has diseases; one of its diseases is called man.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

59. “What is the truth, but a lie agreed upon.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

60. “Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions.”
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Which Friedrich Nietzsche quotes were your favorite?

Although most of Friendrich Nietzsche’s life was plagued by health problems, he managed to leave a lasting impact on generations of philosophers, novelists, and psychologists.

His words can help us reflect on our past and present lives, as well as the person we want to be in the future.

Hopefully, these Friedrich Nietzsche quotes have inspired you to think differently about life and love.

Did you enjoy these Friedrich Nietzsche quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear al about it.

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    Ellen Suarez

    February 1, 2020 at 3:47 AM

    Is the following quote also by Nietzche?
    “No matter how many times it is, I want to relive this sickening life.”
    I came across tbis in one of the kdramas I watched.

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    Mileva Stankovic

    October 16, 2019 at 3:46 AM

    It’s hard selecting a specific number of quotes, especially Nietzsche’s. It’s even harder to see them for what he really intended, but I guess there’s lies the beauty of written work. Here’s my pick:

    “I teach you the overman. Man is something to be surpassed. What have
    you done to surpass him?
    All beings thus far have created something beyond themselves: and you want to be the ebb of this great tide, and even return to the beast rather than surpass man?
    What is the ape to man? A laughing-stock or a painful embarrassment.
    And just the same shall man be to the overman: a laughing-stock or a painful embarrassment.
    You have made your way from worm to man, and much inside you is still worm. Once you were apes, and still man is more of an ape than any of the apes.”

    “The creator wished to look away from himself; so he created the world.”

    “Thus spoke the devil to me, once on a time: “Even God has his hell: it is his love for man.”

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    August 31, 2019 at 4:33 PM

    In world war 1 every German soldier carried a copy of Thus Spoke Zarathustra in his backpack.

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    February 16, 2019 at 8:39 PM


    There are no facts, only interpretations. Wise…

    A politician divides mankind into two classes, tools and enemies. Sad…

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