“Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.”

Friedrich Nietzsche. German philosopher. If you don’t know him, you should. If you think you don’t know him, you’re wrong. He is famously said for, well, saying, ‘That which does not destroy me, makes me strong.’ He had a lot more to say:

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

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

“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.”

“For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.”

“In every real man there is a child concealed – who wants to play.”

“Love your enemies because they bring out the best in you.”

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

“The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.”

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

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

“All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”

“Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.”

“We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.”

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

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.”

“He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.”

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

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

“This is what is hardest: to close the open hand because one loves.”

“Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.”

“To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.”

“It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night.”

“Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.”

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”

Now, read them again 🙂

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