54 Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes on Life, Truth and Perseverance

Friedrich Nietzche QuotesFriedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher who believed that humans should find their own identities through self realization, and without the reliance or ‘crutch’ of religion or spirituality. Such was his influence that, although unqualified for the job, Nietzsche was hired as the extraordinary professor of classical philology at the University of Basel in 1869 on the recommendation of Professor Friedrich Wilhelm Ritschl – his own Professor of Philology.

Unpopular with many people, Nietzsche’s idea that ‘God is Dead’ was behind his belief that it was humans who created moral systems and powers, and that they could dispose of the idea of God as easily as they had ‘invented’ him. Writing in a new and provocative way, Nietzsche went on to develop the idea that the world doesn’t exist outside of our own imagination, and that without suffering we cannot be fulfilled.

Despite his controversial reputation, he has become one of the most influential philosophers of all time, and his ideas can be discovered through these Nietzsche quotes. Thought-provoking and still valid today, these writings will challenge you to look at life in a new and sometimes startling way.

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes on Everything

The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” – Friedrich Nietzsche




It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

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

One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.

“One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

There are no facts, only interpretations.

“There are no facts, only interpretations.” – Friedrich Nietzsche




In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

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

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings — always darker, emptier and simpler.

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

There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.

“There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.” – Friedrich Nietzsche




And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

“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

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.

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

One must give value to their existence by behaving as if ones very existence were a work of art.

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

In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.

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

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.

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

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.

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

The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.

“The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.

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

A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.

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

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.

“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 Nietzsche

Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.

“Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

That which needs to be proved cannot be worth much.

“That which needs to be proved cannot be worth much.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.

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

Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.

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

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.

“It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes on Life

Underneath this reality in which we live and have our being, another and altogether different reality lies concealed.

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

Life is that which must overcome itself again and again.

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

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.

“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

Art is the proper task of life.

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

I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.

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

No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.

“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

If you know the why, you can live any how.

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

The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.

“The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.

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

Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?

“Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?” – Friedrich Nietzsche

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

“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

Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.

“Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.

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

The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.

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

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

“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

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

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

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.

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

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes on Perseverance

He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.

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

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.

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

I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.

“I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

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

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.

“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.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes on Truth

I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.

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

In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.

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

What is the truth, but a lie agreed upon.

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

The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.

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

One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.

“One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions.

“Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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