Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes Quotations :  MEDIOCRITY AND THE HERD

I have no doubt that an ancient Greek, also, would first of all remark the self-dwarfing in us Europeans of today - in this respect alone we should immediately be "distasteful" to him.

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

Whoever, in intercourse with men, does not occasionally glisten in all the green and grey colours of distress, owing to disgust, satiety, sympathy, gloominess, and solitariness, is assuredly not a man of elevated tastes; supposing, however, that he does not voluntarily take all this burden and disgust upon himself, that he persistently avoids it, and remains, as I said, quietly and proudly hidden in his citadel, one thing is then certain: he was not made, he was not predestined for knowledge.

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

The long and serious study of the average man - and consequently much disguise, self-overcoming, familiarity, and bad intercourse (all intercourse is bad intercourse except with one's equals): - that constitutes a necessary part of the life history of every philosopher; perhaps the most disagreeable, odious, and disappointing part.

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

Books for the general reader are always ill-smelling books, the odour of paltry people clings to them.

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

Where the populace eat and drink, and even where they reverence, it is accustomed to stink.

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

One must renounce the bad taste of wishing to agree with many people.

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

The only thing that cannot be refused to these poor beasts of burden is their “holidays “— such is the name they give to this ideal of leisure in an overworked century; “holidays” in which they may for once be idle, idiotic and childish to their heart's content.

Daybreak, Book 3 171-190, Friedrich Nietzsche    

Fortunately the world is not built solely to serve good natured herd animals their little happiness

Ecce Homo, Why I am a Destiny, Friedrich Nietzsche    

He who disagrees with me on this point I regard as infected. But the entire world disagrees with me.

Ecce Homo, Daybreak, Friedrich Nietzsche    

It is the misfortune of the active that their activity is almost always a little senseless. For instance, we must not ask the money making banker the reason of his restless activity, it is foolish. The active roll as the stone rolls, according to the stupidity of mechanics.

Human, All-Too-Human : Part One, 283. THE CHIEF DEFICIENCY OF ACTIVE PEOPLE, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

It is not the ferocity of the beast of prey that requires a moral disguise but the herd animal with its profound mediocrity, timidity and boredom with itself.

The Gay Science : Fifth Book, 352. Why we can hardly Dispense with Morality, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

I asked myself: what do the common people really understand by knowledge? What do they want when they want "knowledge"?

The Gay Science : Fifth Book, 355. The Origin of our Concept of "Knowledge", Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

We do not by any means think it desirable that the kingdom of righteousness and peace should be established on earth (because under any circumstances it would be the kingdom of the profoundest mediocrity and Chinaism); we rejoice in all men, who like ourselves love danger, war and adventure, who do not make compromises, nor let themselves be captured, conciliated and stunted; we count ourselves among the conquerors; we ponder over the need of a new order of things, even of a new slavery for every strengthening and elevation of the type "man" also involves a new form of slavery.

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

Morality is the herd instinct in the individual.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 116. Herd Instinct, 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

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

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

After all, however, it is a matter of indifference whether one opinion is imposed upon the herd, or five opinions are permitted to it. But he who diverges from the five public opinions and stands apart, has always the whole herd against him.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 174. Apart, 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

No herdsman, and one herd! Everyone wants the same; everyone is equal: whoever thinks otherwise goes voluntarily into the madhouse.

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

Many too many are born: the state was invented for the superfluous!

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The New Idol, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

I call it the state where everyone - good and bad - are poison drinkers, where all lose themselves: the state, where univesal slow suicide is called - "life”.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The New Idol, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Marriage they call it; and they say their marriages are made in heaven. Well, I do not like it, this heaven of the herd!

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Marriage and Children, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

"The enlightened man goes amongst men as among animals”.

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

Life is a well of delight; but where the rabble also drink, there all fountains are poisoned.

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

And many a one who has gone into the wilderness and suffered thirst with beasts of prey, did so simply to avoid having to sit at the cistern with filthy camel drivers.

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

Among peoples of a strange language did I dwell, with stopped ears: so that the language of their bartering and and their bargaining for power might remain strange to me.

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

And he who would not die amongst men, must learn to drink out of all glasses; and he who would keep clean among men, must know how to wash himself even with dirty water.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Manly Prudence, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

That, however, is - mediocrity, though it be called moderation.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Virtue That Makes Small, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

To one man, solitude is the escape of an invalid; for another, it is escape from the invalids.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, On the The Mount of Olives, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

For, my brothers, the best shall rule, the best wants to rule! And where it is taught differently, there - the best is lacking.

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

Everyone being allowed to learn to read – will ruin in the long run not only writing but thinking too.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Reading and Writing, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote


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