Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes Quotations :  KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, AMBIGUITY, PROBLEMS

When a man has finished building his house, he finds that he has learnt unawares something which he ought absolutely to have known before he - began to build.

Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 9, What is Noble?, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

How from the beginning, we have contrived to retain our ignorance in order to enjoy an almost inconceivable freedom, thoughtlessness, imprudence, heartiness, and gaiety - in order to enjoy life!

Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 2, The Free Spirit, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Here and there we understand it, and laugh at the way in which precisely the best knowledge seeks most to retain us in this simplified, thoroughly artificial, suitably imagined, and suitably falsified world: at the way in which, whether it will or not, it loves error, because, as living itself, it loves life!

Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 2, The Free Spirit, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

A thing could be true, although it were in the highest degree injurious and dangerous; indeed, the fundamental constitution of existence might be such that one succumbed by a full knowledge of it - so that the strength of a mind might be measured by the amount of "truth" it could endure - or to speak more plainly, by the extent to which it required truth attenuated, veiled, sweetened, damped, and falsified.

Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 2, The Free Spirit, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Finally, let us consider that even the seeker of knowledge operates as an artist and glorifier of cruelty, in that he compels his spirit to perceive against its own inclination, and often enough against the wishes of his heart: - he forces it to say No, where he would like to affirm, love, and adore; indeed, every instance of taking a thing profoundly and fundamentally, is a violation, an intentional injuring of the fundamental will of the spirit, which instinctively aims at appearance and superficiality - in all desire for knowledge there is already a drop of cruelty.

Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 7, Our Virtues, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

I know of no other manner of dealing with great tasks than as play: this as a sign of greatness, is an essential prerequisite.

Ecce Homo, Why I am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche    

Indeed, we have not any organ at all for knowledge or for "truth": we "know" (or believe, or imagine) just as much as may be of use in the interest of the human herd, the species; and even what is here called "usefulness" is ultimately only a belief, something fanciful and perhaps precisely the most fatal stupidity by which we shall one day perish.

The Gay Science : Fifth Book, 354. The Genius of the Species?, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

We should not, above all, seek to divest existence of its rich ambiguity: good taste forbids it, gentlemen, the taste of reverence for everything that lies beyond your horizon!

The Gay Science : Fifth Book, 373. Science as a prejudice, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

For I think it is best to do with profound problems as with a cold bath - quickly in, quickly out.

The Gay Science : Fifth Book, 381. The Question of being understandable, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

There is a stupid humility that is quite common and when a person is afflicted with it, he is once and for all disqualified for being a disciple of knowledge.

The Gay Science : First Book, 25. Not Predestined for Knowledge, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

There is absolutely no knowing what may yet become part of history.

The Gay Science : First Book, 34. Historia abscondita, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Commend me to all scepticism where I am permitted to answer: "Let's try it!"

The Gay Science : First Book, 51. Sense for Truth, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

But I don't wish to hear anything more of things and questions which do not permit of being tested.

The Gay Science : First Book, 51. Sense for Truth, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Knowledge will finally stretch out her hand for that which belongs to her: she means to rule and possess, and you with her!

The Gay Science : Fourth Book, 283. Pioneers, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

One should have more reverence for the shamefacedness with which nature has concealed herself behind enigmas and motley uncertainties.

The Gay Science : Preface and Prelude in Rhymes, Preface and Prelude in Rhymes, Friedrich Nietzsche    

To what extent can truth endure incorporation? That is the question, that is the experiment.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 110. Origin of Knowledge, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

We describe better, we explain just as little as our predecessors.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 112. Cause and Effect, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

To find everything deep is an inconvenient trait: it makes one constantly strain one’s eyes, so that in the end one always finds more than one wishes.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 158. An Inconvenient Peculiarity, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

The crowd thinks everything is profound where it cannot see the bottom - it is so timid and dislikes going into the water.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 173. To be Profound and to Appear Profound, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

He who attempts to mediate between two resolute thinkers is rightly called mediocre - he lacks the vision for recognising uniqueness. Seeing things as similar and making things equal is the sign of weak eyes.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 228. Against Mediators, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

 

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