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Friedrich Nietzsche Biography

Friedrich Nietzsche was a classical philologist (someone whom studies the foundational schools of knowledge of the ancient Greeks and Romans, such as literature, law and philosophy) and philosopher whose work was extremely influential to many philosophical and political movements in the Western World and to Western intellectual thought in general. General Philosophy Friedrich Nietzsche is primarily remembered by the general public for just two things, his utopian ideal of the Ubermensch (Overman, Superman or Ultraman; one who transcends humanity) and his famous quote from his controversial text, Beyond Good and Evil, which states, “He who fights with monsters should be careful, lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze also into thee.” (It should be noted that there are various translations of this passage, but they generally vary only in the slightest of details and do not affect the general thrust of what was being said). All though b
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The Genealogy of Morals - Peoples and Countries

Translated by J. M. KENNEDY. (The following twenty-seven fragments were intended by Nietzsche to form a supplement to Chapter VIII of Beyond Good and Evil, dealing with Peoples and Countries.) 1. The Europeans now imagine themselves as representing, in the main, the highest types of men on earth.

The Genealogy of Morals - Third Essay WHAT IS THE MEANING OF ASCETIC IDEALS?

"Careless, mocking, forceful—so does wisdom wish us: she is a woman, and never loves any one but a warrior." Thus Spake Zarathustra. 1. What is the meaning of ascetic ideals? In artists, nothing, or too much; in philosophers and scholars, a kind of "flair" and instinct for the conditions most favourable to advanced intellectualism; in women, at best an additional seductive fascination, a little morbidezza on a fine piece of flesh, the angelhood of a fat, pretty animal; in physiological failures and whiners (in the majority of mortals), an attempt to pose as "too good" for this world, a holy form of debauchery, their chief weapon in the battle with lingering pain and ennui; in priests, the actual priestly faith, their best engine of power, and also the supreme authority for power; in saints, finally a pretext for hibernation, their novissima gloriae cupido, their peace in nothingness ("God"), their form of madness.

The Genealogy of Morals - Second Essay "GUILT," "BAD CONSCIENCE," AND THE LIKE

I. The breeding of an animal that can promise—is not this just that very paradox of a task which nature has set itself in regard to man? Is not this the very problem of man? The fact that this problem has been to a great extent solved, must appear all the more phenomenal to one who can estimate at its full value that force of forgetfulness which works in opposition to it. Forgetfulness is no mere vis inertiƦ, as the superficial believe, rather is it a power of obstruction, active and, in the strictest sense of the word, positive—a power responsible for the fact that what we have lived, experienced, taken into ourselves, no more enters into consciousness during the process of digestion (it might be called psychic absorption) than all the whole manifold process by which our physical nutrition, the so-called "incorporation," is carried on. The temporary shutting of the doors and windows of consciousness, the relief from the clamant alarums and excursions, with which our subconsc

The Genealogy of Morals - First Essay "GOOD AND EVIL," "GOOD AND BAD"

I. Those English psychologists, who up to the present are the only philosophers who are to be thanked for any endeavour to get as far as a history of the origin of morality—these men, I say, offer us in their own personalities no paltry problem;—they even have, if I am to be quite frank about it, in their capacity of living riddles, an advantage over their books—they themselves are interesting! These English psychologists—what do they really mean? We always find them voluntarily or involuntarily at the same task of pushing to the front the partie honteuse of our inner world, and looking for the efficient, governing, and decisive principle in that precise quarter where the intellectual self-respect of the race would be the most reluctant to find it (for example, in the vis inertiƦ of habit, or in forgetfulness, or in a blind and fortuitous mechanism and association of ideas, or in some factor that is purely passive, reflex, molecular, or fundamentally stupid)—what is the real motive pow

The Genealogy of Morals - Preface

1. We are unknown, we knowers, ourselves to ourselves: this has its own good reason. We have never searched for ourselves—how should it then come to pass, that we should ever find ourselves? Rightly has it been said: "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Our treasure is there, where stand the hives of our knowledge. It is to those hives that we are always striving; as born creatures of flight, and as the honey-gatherers of the spirit, we care really in our hearts only for one thing—to bring something "home to the hive!"

The Genealogy of Morals

The Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche translated by Horace B. Samuel 1921 Preface First Essay - ⁠"Good and Evil," "Good and Bad" Second Essay - ⁠"Guilt," "Bad Conscience," and the Like Third Essay - What Is the Meaning of Ascetic Ideals? Peoples and Countries

The Antichrist

The Antichrist Curse on Christianity by Friedrich Nietzsche translated by Henry Louis Mencken PREFACE This book belongs to the most rare of men. Perhaps not one of them is yet alive. It is possible that they may be among those who understand my “Zarathustra”: how could I confound myself with those who are now sprouting ears?—First the day after tomorrow must come for me. Some men are born posthumously.