One of the most sought after German philosophers whose influence carried far and wide throughout history. Many philosophers of the future idolized his works and findings and modelled much. Of his findings He studied theology, art and philosophy and his ideas on the meaning of existence taught the world a different way to think. A pure non conformist, Friedrich pushed to illuminate his ideologies by playing around with ways and thoughts that no one had ever given any real attention. For that, he goes down in history for his many breakthroughs published through his many philosophical books that expanded the human mind and spirit. Here are his top 20 insights, quotes and perspectives that will transform you to think a new thought and shed a new perspective… keep an open mind:
1.) This intelligent philosophical message was that main reason why Friedrich has been looked upon for so many years throughout history. Take it how you will, but this is absolute brilliance. Life is best understood and the learning curve grows tremendously when we grow through the understanding of the suffering – which is inevitable for life on this planet. So it’s really about coming to grips with some forms of hurt, pain and struggle.
“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
3.) At last, the phrase so commonly used, and for such good reason. It is cliché, but that’s ok, Friedrich knew this philosophy back in the 1800’s and it’s moved a many people since!
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.”
“There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.”
6.) This quote absolutely stands for everything Friedrich Nietzsche stood for; being alone in your ways and in your opinions is far greater than quickly assuming the way everyone else thinks is the right way. Like all true inventors, painters, world-changers, they thought different and became confident in their unique perspectives.
“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 is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day.”
8.) As simple and as modest as this truth is, we unfortunately get lost within our planet and especially within ourselves of what our ultimate human life purpose is…:
“To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.”
“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”
“The future influences the present just as much as the past.”
“Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.”
12.) Self explanatory, but pure genius nonetheless. We need to let that child back out in a world that tries to put walls around everything and make us believe we need to be all serious and conforming.
“In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.”
13.) Friedrich rightfully believed that there is more wisdom and inner intuition that exists within us, than anything outside of us.
“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”
“I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.”
15.) Still a prevalent situation in today’s society. Large classrooms result in less undivided attention which ultimately presumes to less creativity and divergent thinking (Sir Ken Robinson video on education paradigm).
“In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.”
“One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.”
17.) Such a brilliant angle and way to look at life. We often get bored and feel the routine as if we lived forever. It is a short existence and we must comprehend that in order to live a fulfilling and exciting journey.
“Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?”
“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.”
“Without music, life would be an error.”
20.) Friedrich understood that everything is left for interpretation and perception is in the eye of the beholder, even hard grained facts!
“There are no facts, only interpretations.”
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