Skip to Content

132 Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes about God, Life, Women and Music (Updated 2022)

132 Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes about God, Life, Women and Music (Updated 2022)

Born in 1844, Friedrich Nietzsche was a German Philosopher, essayist, philologist, poet, and unapologetic cultural critic but apart from that, he was also an idealist, Hellenist, educationalist, and, humanist. At the age of 25, he became a professor of classical Philosophy at the University of Basel. He had a major influence on 20th_ century philosophy, art, and, theology.

He has always been misinterpreted because of his uncompromising criticism of European morality and religion. His theory on GOD and Christianity has made him contentious and led to vivacious debates by many theorists.

He was considered virtuous and Pro-European because of his anti-rationalist and anti-democrat thinking.

18 Quotes By Friedrich Nietzsche to Live By For a Better Life

Friedrich Nietzsche was a nihilist by soul and firmly believed that human life is meaningless, and there is no such thing as human values. He believed that there are no facts, but interpretations only.

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

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

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

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

  5. “A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

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

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

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

  11. “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

  12. “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.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

  15. “What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  16. “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

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

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

19 Inspirational Quotes About Classical Music

Music for Friedrich is the food for the soul. He loved to compose music and write poems.

  1. “Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

  3. “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  4. “Only sick music makes money today.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  5. “In music the passions enjoy themselves.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  6. “Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  7. “Without music, life would be a mistake.. I would only believe in a God who knew how to dance.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  8. “My melancholy wants to rest in the hiding places and abysses of perfection: that is why I need music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  9. “How good music and bad reasons sound when one marches against an enemy.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  10. “I do not know how to make a distinction between tears and music” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  11. “Beethoven’s music is music about music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  12. “Now and again an echo of Chopin’s music rings in my ears, and this much you absorb me that, at such moments I always think of you and lose myself in meditating about possibilities.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  13. “It is difficult and painful for the ear to listen to anything new; we hear strange music badly.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  14. “There is no beast without cruelty” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  15. “How pleasant is the sound of even bad music and bad motives when we are setting out to march against an enemy!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  16. “When I seek another word for ‘music’, I never find any other word than ‘Venice’.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  17. “Without music, life would be an error.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  18. “Music heals all forms of misery” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  19. “something which has made life worth living; for instance, virtue, art, music, dancing, reason, spirituality” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich’s Views on Christianity (God is Dead)

Friedrich Nietzsche believes that in Christianity, God has died many years ago and has left his week creatures who afterward need a demigod and thus they do not have the instinct to seize power anymore. He thinks that gods (in Christianity) were no longer a symbol of power or joy as they have made this world suffering for believers by making it a depraved prelude to the eternal life that has yet to come.

11 Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes About God

In his book, The Antichrist he states and I quote that,” God is dead, God remains dead and we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?

  1. “Is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s blunders?” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  2. “How little it takes to make us happy! The sound of a bagpipe. Without music, life would be a mistake. The German even imagines God as singing songs.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  3. “Against boredom, the gods themselves fight in vain.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  4. “I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  5. “There cannot be a God because if there were one, I could not believe that I was not He.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  6. “I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  7. “The abdomen is the reason why man does not readily take himself to be a god.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  8. “A subject for a great poet would be God’s boredom after the seventh day of creation.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  9. “God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  10. “Once spirit was God, then it became man, and now it is even becoming a mob.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  11. “Today I love myself as I love my god: who could charge me with a sin today? I know only sins against my god; but who knows my god?” – Friedrich Nietzsche

25 Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes About Power (The will of Power)

Friedrich was an anti-democrat, so he believed that everyone is not capable enough to make good decisions for himself thus they need a more intellectual and intelligent man to take instinct for them.
He believed that power is an irrational force and, it is present in every individual and, according to him “the will of power is stronger than the will to survive”.

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

  2. “The world itself is the will to power – and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power – and nothing else!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  3. “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

  4. “There is a universal need to exercise some kind of power, or to create for one’s self the appearance of some power, if only temporarily, in the form of intoxication.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  5. “Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  6. “I am not a human being, I am dynamite.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  7. “What is evil?-Whatever springs from weakness.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  8. “Not necessity, not desire – no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything – health, food, a place to live, entertainment – they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  9. “The architect represents neither a Dionysian nor an Apollinian condition: here it is the mighty act of will, the will which moves mountains, the intoxication of the strong will, which demands artistic expression. The most powerful men have always inspired the architects; the architect has always been influenced by power.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  10. “Every high degree of power always involves a corresponding degree of freedom from good and evil.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  11. “No power can be maintained when it is only represented by hypocrites.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  12. “Men submit from habit to everything that seeks power.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  13. “Be generous in nature and thought; for this wins respect and gives confidence and power.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  14. “Life is an instinct for growth, for survival, for the accumulation of forces, for power.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  15. “War has always been the grand sagacity of every spirit which has grown too inward and too profound; its curative power lies even in the wounds one receives.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  16. “Our drives are reducible to the will to power. The will to power is the ultimate fact at which we arrive.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  17. “The will to power can express itself only against resistances; it seeks that which resists it–this is the native tendency of theamoeba when it extends its pseudopodia and gropes around.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  18. “The moment Germany rises as a great power, France gains a new importance as a cultural power.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  19. “Wherever I found a living creature, there I found the will to power.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  20. “Nothing in life possesses value except the degree of power–assuming that life itself is the will to power.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  21. “Where I found the living, there I found the will to power; even in the will of servants I found the will to be master.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  22. “In what does the objective measure of value lie? In the quantum of enhanced and organized power alone, in accordance with what occurs in all occurrence, a will to increase.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  23. “Thus the will to power strives towards oppositions, towards displeasure. There is a will to suffering at the foundation of all organic life (contrary to “happiness” as “goal”).” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  24. “Beauty is for the artist something outside all orders of rank, because in beauty opposites are tamed; the highest sign of power, namely power over opposites; moreover, without tension: – that violence is no longer needed: that everything follows, obeys, so easily and so pleasantly – that is what delights the artist’s WILL TO POWER.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  25. “The worst mutilation of man that can be imagined presented as the “good man”.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Thus Spoke Zarathustra (42) Quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche

Overman is the lead character of Friedrich’s writing,” Thus spoke Zarathustra” and according to him overman is the one who is willing to menace everything that he has to enlighten mortality. According to Nietzsche, all men are not born equal. Only a few of them are born talented and capable to take control of things and he refers to them with a significant term called ‘Superman”.

  1. “I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

  3. “you must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  4. “Silence is worse; all truths that are kept silent become poisonous.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  5. “The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

  7. “Become who you are!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  8. “There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  9. “And once you are awake, you shall remain awake eternally. ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  10. “One must be a sea, to receive a polluted stream without becoming impure.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  11. “But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthword, downword, into the dark, the deep – into evil.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  12. “Man is something that shall be overcome. Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman — a rope over an abyss. What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  13. “No shepherd and one herd! Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

  15. “You look up when you wish to be exalted. And I look down because I am exalted.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  16. “I change too quickly: my today refutes my yesterday. When I ascend I often jump over steps, and no step forgives me that.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  17. “You say ‘I’ and you are proud of this word. But greater than this- although you will not believe in it – is your body and its great intelligence, which does not say ‘I’ but performs ‘I’.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  18. “Of all that is written I love only what a man has written in his own blood.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  19. “The real man wants two different things: danger and play. Therefore he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  20. “He who obeys does not listen to himself!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  21. “I hate you most because you attract, but are not strong enough to pull me to you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  22. “I fear you close by; I love you far away.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  23. “But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  24. “Blessed are the sleepy ones: for they shall soon nod off.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  25. “Untroubled, scornful, outrageous – that is how wisdom wants us to be: she is a woman and never loves anyone but a warrior.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  26. “I tell you: one must still have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star. I tell you: you have still chaos in you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  27. “Close beside my knowledge lies my black ignorance.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  28. “Was that life? Well then, once more!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  29. “And if a friend does you wrong, then say: “I forgive you what you have done to me; that you have done it to YOURSELF, however–how could I forgive that!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  30. “I love those who do not know how to live, except by going under, for they are those who cross over.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  31. “there they laugh: they do not understand me; I am not the mouth for these ears.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  32. “Oh great star! What would your happiness be if you did not have us to shine for?” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  33. “You say that a good cause will even sanctify war! I tell you, it is the good war that sanctifies every cause!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  34. “But in the loneliest desert happens the second metamorphosis: here the spirit becomes a lion; he will seize his freedom and be master in his own wilderness.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  35. “And to me also, who appreciate life, the butterflies, and soap-bubbles, and whatever is like them amongst us, seem most to enjoy happiness.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  36. “Ten truths must you find during the day; otherwise will you seek truth during the night, and your soul will have been hungry.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  37. “How lovely it is that there are words and sounds. Are not words and sounds rainbows and illusive bridges between things which are eternally apart?” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  38. “Are you a slave? Then you cannot be a friend. Are you a tyrant? Then you cannot have friends.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  39. “Something unappeased, unappeasable, is within me.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  40. “Human life is inexplicable, and still without meaning: a fool may decide its fate.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  41. “It is the evening that questions thus from within me.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  42. “Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche’s 17 Views on Women

According to Friedrich, “women are the second mistake of God”. After the death of his father, he was the only guardian of his mother, sister, and aunt, but even under such a household, he had no admiration for women. He thinks that women become blind toward things they don’t love, so they are not capable of friendship. He further says that perfect women are rare in this world: they are like birds, cats, and, cows.

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

  2. “Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  3. “Women are considered deep – why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  4. “Yes, life is a woman!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  5. “If you go to see the woman, do not forget the whip.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  6. “The woman and the genius do not work. Up to now, a woman has been mankind’s supreme luxury. In all those moments when we do our best, we do not work. Work is merely a means to these moments.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  7. “Generally speaking, the greater a woman’s beauty, the greater her modesty.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  8. “Women want to serve, and this is where their happiness lies: but the free spirit does not want to be served, and this is where his happiness lies.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  9. “Let the woman be a plaything, pure and fine, like a precious stone, illumined with the virtues of a world not yet come.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  10. “A woman learns to hate to the extent to which her charms decrease.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  11. “Women are quite able to make friends with a man; but to preserve such a friendship – that no doubt requires the assistance of a slight physical antipathy.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  12. “In revenge and in love, a woman is more barbarous than a man.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  13. “Out of love, women become entirely what it is that they are in the imaginations of the men who love them.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  14. “Many people, especially women, never experience boredom because they have never learned to work properly.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  15. “You’re going to women? Don’t forget your whip!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  16. “Seducing one’s neighbor to a good opinion and then afterward believing devoutly in this neighbor’s opinion–who can match women in this clever ploy?” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  17. “The perfect woman is a higher type of humanity than the perfect man, and also something much rarer. The natural history of animals furnishes grounds in support of this theory.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

List of Friedrich Nietzsche Publications of Friedrich Publications:

Friedrich bibliography’s that acquired foremost thoughtfulness and got translated in English include:

  • The Greek Music Drama (1970)
  • The Birth of Tragedy (1972)
  • The Untimely Meditations (1873)
  • Human, all too Human (1878)
  • The Dawn (1881)
  • The Gay Science (1882-1887)
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883-85)
  • Beyond good and evil (1886)
  • On the Genealogy of Morals (1887)
  • The Case of Wagner (1888)
  • Twilights of the Idols (1888)
  • The Antichrist (1888)
  • Ecce Homo (1888)
  • Nietzsche contra Wagner (1888)
  • The Will to Power
See Also:  122 Powerful Elon Musk Quotes

What Did Nietzche Die From?

After battling from mental illness, this revolutionary philosopher died of insanity on August 25, 1900.

To conclude

Friedrich Nietzsche has a huge contribution to modern philosophy. Though his theories were controversial to many, there are also well-founded followers of Nietzsche. His theories are not easily digestible but there are many theorists who now believe that Friedrich was right to some extent.

Do you agree with Friedrich’s thought, that morality has to be destroyed in order to liberate life? Give your opinions in the comment box below.

William Walker

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

I absolutely agree. Morals are the fears of the 'righteous' fear prevents individuals from trying new things, new ways. It is the evil of the old testament. Liberty is as important as Love and Truth.

John Proctor

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

I cannot agree more to the saying "In revenge and in love, a woman is more barbarous than a man."

Hassan Saleem

Friday 6th of November 2020

Hey John,

It seems like you have experienced such thing before in your life. As Friedrich Nietzsche said that Life is a women and without her our lives will be boring & meaningless.

Thanks Hassan