Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes Quotations :  RELIGION

Do not paint a picture either of God or the devil on your walls: this will ruin both your walls and the atmosphere.

Daybreak, Book 4 351-422, Friedrich Nietzsche    

Just look at the faces of the great Christians! They are the faces of great haters.

Daybreak, Book 4 351-422, Friedrich Nietzsche    

Christianity has a hunter’s instinct for finding out all those who by one means or another may be driven to despair –although only a part of mankind is capable of such despair. Christianity lies in wait for such as those and pursues them

Daybreak, The Broken-Hearted Ones, Friedrich Nietzsche    

Away from God and gods did this will lure me: what would there be to create if gods existed?

Ecce Homo, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche    

after coming into contact with religious people I always feel that I must wash my hands.

Ecce Homo, Why I am a Destiny, Friedrich Nietzsche    

The concepts “beyond” and “real world” were invented in order to depreciate the only world that exists—in order that no goal, no aim or task might be left for our earthly reality.

Ecce Homo, Why I am a Destiny, Friedrich Nietzsche    

The concepts “soul”, “spirit” and last of all the concept “immortal soul” were invented in order to despise the body, in order to make it sick — “holy” — in order to cultivate an attitude of appalling disrespect for all things in life which deserve to be treated seriously i.

Ecce Homo, Why I am a Destiny, Friedrich Nietzsche    

I have not come to know atheism as a result of logical reasoning and still less as an event in my life: in me it is a matter of instinct.

Ecce Homo, Why I am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche    

”God”, “the immortality of the soul”, “salvation”, “the beyond”—even as a child I had no time for such notions, I do not waste any time upon them—maybe I was never childish enough for that?

Ecce Homo, Why I am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche    

God is a too palpably clumsy answer; an answer which shows a lack of delicacy towards us thinkers—fundamentally, even a crude prohibition to us: you shall not think!

Ecce Homo, Why I am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche    

Faith, indeed, has up to the present not been able to move real mountains, although I do not know who assumed that it could. But it can put mountains where there are none.

Human, All-Too-Human : Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions, 225. FAITH MAKES HOLY AND CONDEMNS, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

If that glad message of your Bible were written in your faces, you would not need to demand belief in the authority of that book in such stiff-necked fashion.

Human, All-Too-Human : Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions, 98. THEATRICALITY AND HONESTY OF UNBELIEVERS, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

In short, then, the religious cult is based upon the representations of sorcery between man and man, and the sorcerer is older than the priest.

Human, All-Too-Human : Part One, 111. THE ORIGIN OF THE RELIGIOUS CULT, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

People to whom their daily life appears too empty and monotonous easily grow religious; this is comprehensible and excusable, only they have no right to demand religious sentiments from those whose daily life is not empty and monotonous.

Human, All-Too-Human : Part One, 115. To BE RELIGIOUS WITH ADVANTAGE, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

There is not sufficient love and goodness in the world to permit us to give some of it away to imaginary beings.

Human, All-Too-Human : Part One, 129. FORBIDDEN GENEROSITY, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Interest in Education will acquire great strength only from the moment when belief in a God and His care is renounced, just as the art of healing could only flourish when the belief in miracle cures ceased.

Human, All-Too-Human : Part One, 242. THE MIRACLE EDUCATION, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

School has no task more important than to teach strict thought, cautious judgment, and logical conclusions, hence it must pay no attention to what hinders these operations, such as religion, for instance.

Human, All-Too-Human : Part One, 265. SENSE IN SCHOOL, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

A few hours of mountain climbing make a blackguard and a saint two rather similar creatures.

Human, All-Too-Human : The Wanderer and His Shadow, 263. THE PATH TO EQUALITY, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

The belief in authority is the source of conscience; which is therefore not the voice of God in the heart of man, but the voice of some men in man.

Human, All-Too-Human : The Wanderer and His Shadow, 52. THE SUM TOTAL OF CONSCIENCE, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

The priest knows, as every one knows, that there is no longer any "God," or any "sinner," or any "Saviour" that "free will" and the "moral order of the world" are lies : serious reflection, the profound self conquest of the spirit, allow no man to pretend that he does not know it.

The AntiChrist, Chapter 38, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

The "religion of pity" to which people would like to convert us- oh, we know well enough the hysterical little men and women who need this religion at present as a veil and an adornment!

The Gay Science : Fifth Book, 377. We Homeless Ones, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

In certain pious people I have found a hatred of reason, and have been favourably disposed to them for it: their bad intellectual conscience was at least exposed by that!

The Gay Science : First Book, 2. The Intellectual Conscience, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

There is a lake that one day refused to flow away and threw up a dam at the place where it had before flowed out and since then this lake has always risen higher and higher. Perhaps the very act of renunciation provides us with the strength to bear it ; perhaps man will rise ever higher and higher when he no longer flows out into a God.

The Gay Science : Fourth Book, 285. Excelsior!, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

All preachers of morality, as also all theologians have a bad habit in common: all of them try to persuade man that he is very ill, and that a severe, final, radical cure is necessary.

The Gay Science : Fourth Book, 326. Physicians of the Soul and Pain, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

God is dead : - but as the human race is constituted there will perhaps be caves for millenniums yet, in which people will show his shadow.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 108. New Struggles, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

God is dead! God remains dead! And we have killed him!

The Gay Science : Third Book, 125. The Madman, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Let them like the Tibetans, chew the cud of their "om mane padme hum" innumerable times, or, as in Benares, count the name of the God Ram-Ram-Ram (etc. with or without charm) on their fingers; or honour Vishnu with his thousand names of invocation, Allah with his ninety-nine; or they may make use of the prayer-wheels and the rosary: the main thing is that they are settled down for a time at this work and are tolerable to look at. This kind of prayer has been invented for the benefit of the pious who have thought and elevations of their own.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 128. The Value of Prayer, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

If God had wanted to become an object of love, he would first of all have had to forgo judging and justice : a judge, and even a gracious judge, is no object of love.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 140. Too Jewish, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Religious War has signified the greatest advance of the masses so far, for it proves that the masses have begun to treat concepts with respect.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 144. Religious Wars, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

I entreat you, my brothers, to remain true to the earth, and believe not those who speak to you of super-earthly hopes! Poisoners are they, whether they know it or not.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Zarathustra's Prologue, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Once blasphemy again God was the greatest blasphemy; but God died, and thereupon those blasphemers died too.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Zarathustra's Prologue, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

To blaspheme the earth is now the most dreadful sin, and to rate the heart of the unknowable higher than the meaning of the earth!

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Zarathustra's Prologue, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

They would have to sing better songs for me to believe in their Saviour: his disciples would have to look more redeemed!

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Priests, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Truly, it is a blessing and not a blasphemy when I teach that "above all things there stands the heaven of chance, the heaven of innocence, the heaven of accident, the heaven of wantonness”.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Before Sunrise, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

It is however a disgrace to pray! Not for all, but for you, and me, and whoever has his a conscience.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Apostates, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

"You shall not steal! You shall not kill! Such words were once called holy; before them people bowrd their knees and heads, and removed their shoes. But I ask you: where have there ever been better thieves and killers in the world than such holy words have been? Is there not in all of life itself - robbing and killing? And when such words were called holy, was not truth itself thereby - killed?

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Old and New Law-Tables, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

It is I, the ungodly Zarathustra, who says: 'Who is more ungodly than I, that I may rejoice in his teaching?

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Retired from Service, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Has there ever been anything filthier on earth than the saints in the wilderness? Around them was not only the devil loose around them- but also the swine.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Higher Man, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Life has come to an end where the "kingdom of God" begins.

Twighlight of the Idols, Morality as Anti-Nature, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

 

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