Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 – 1900 was a German philosopher whose work had an overwhelming influence on Western Philosophy. 
He was plagued by ill-health throughout his life, living more than the final ten years of his life in the care of his mother and sister. 
‘There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness’ 
‘The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others’ 
‘Man is the cruellest animal’ 
‘Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself’ 
‘You have your way, I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist’ 
‘A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions – as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all’ 
‘Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man’s?’ 
‘It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right – especially when one is right’ 
‘Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule’ 
‘Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter’ 
‘The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends’ 
‘Without music, life would be a mistake’ 
‘In heaven all the interesting people are missing’ 
‘All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking’ 
‘Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love’ 
‘Thoughts are the shadows of our feeling – always darker, emptier and simpler’ 
‘Invisible threads are the strongest ties’ 
‘If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you’ 
‘The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time’ 
‘To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity’ 
‘it is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!’ 
‘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’ 
‘There are no facts, only interpretations’ 
‘A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends’ 
‘One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too’ 
‘Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood’ 
‘The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly’ 
‘Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he only suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter’ 
‘To predict the behaviour of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence’ 
‘That which needs to be proved cannot be worth much’ 
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