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Friedrich Nietzsche 1844–1900
German philosopher and writer 

  1. Woman was God's second blunder.
    Der Antichrist (1888)
  2. God is dead: but considering the state the species Man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown.
    The Gay Science (1882) bk. 3, sect. 108; see Plato
  3. Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
    The Gay Science (1882) bk. 3, sect. 116
  4. One hears only those questions for which one is able to find answers.
    The Gay Science (1882) bk. 3, sect. 196
  5. The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
    The Gay Science (1882) bk. 4, sect. 283
  6. Whoever is dissatisfied with himself is continually ready for revenge, and we others will be his victims.
    The Gay Science (1882) bk. 4, sect. 290
  7. Insects sting, not out of malice, but because they too want to live: likewise our critics; they want, not to hurt us, but to take our blood.
    Human All Too Human (1879)
  8. He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
    Jenseits von Gut und Böse (1886) ch. 4, no. 146
  9. The thought of suicide is a great source of comfort: with it a calm passage is to be made across many a bad night.
    Jenseits von Gut und Böse (1886) ch. 4, no. 157
  10. Master-morality and slave-morality.
    Jenseits von Gut und Böse (1886) ch. 9, no. 260
  11. Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
    Menschliches, Allzumenschliches (1867–80)
  12. I teach you the superman. Man is something to be surpassed.
    Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883) prologue, sect. 3
  13. One must have a chaos inside oneself to give birth to a dancing star.
    Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883) bk. 1, sect. 5
  14. You are going to women? Do not forget the whip!
    Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883) bk. 1 ‘Von Alten und jungen Weiblein’
  15. What does not kill me makes me stronger.
    Twilight of the Idols (1889) ‘Maxims and Arrows’
  16. If we have our own ‘why’ of life we shall get along with almost any ‘how’.
    quoted by the Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl as ‘He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how’ in Man's Search for Meaning (1946)
    Twilight of the Idols (1889) ‘Maxims and Arrows’
  17. Without music life would be a mistake.
    Twilight of the Idols (1889) ‘Maxims and Arrows’
  18. Whatever we have words for, that we have already got beyond.
    Twilight of the Idols (1889) ‘Skirmishes of an Untimely Man’
  19. At the base of all these aristocratic races the predator is not to be mistaken, the splendorous blond beast, avidly rampant for plunder and victory.
    Zur Genealogie der Moral (1887) 1st treatise, no. 11