Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes Quotations :  GERMANY AND THE GERMANS

A German is almost incapacitated for presto in his language; consequently also, as may be reasonably inferred, for many of the most delightful and daring nuances of free, free-spirited thought.

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

As a people made up of the most extraordinary mixing and mingling of races, perhaps even with a preponderance of the pre-Aryan element as the "people of the centre" in every sense of the term, the Germans are more intangible, more ample, more contradictory, more unknown, more incalculable, more surprising, and even more terrifying than other peoples are to themselves: - they escape definition and are thereby alone the despair of the French.

Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 8, Peoples and Fatherlands, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

The German soul has passages and galleries in it, there are caves, hiding places, and dungeons therein, its disorder has much of the charm of the mysterious, the German is well acquainted with the bypaths to chaos.

Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 8, Peoples and Fatherlands, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

And as everything loves its symbol, so the German loves the clouds and all that is obscure, evolving, crepuscular, damp, and shrouded, it seems to him that everything uncertain, undeveloped, self-displacing, and growing is "deep".

Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 8, Peoples and Fatherlands, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

The German himself does not exist, he is becoming, he is "developing himself".

Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 8, Peoples and Fatherlands, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

I even feel it my duty, to tell the Germans for once what they have on their conscience. Every great crime against culture for the last four centuries lies on their conscience.

Ecce Homo, The Wagner Case, Friedrich Nietzsche    

It is even part of my ambition to be considered as the despiser of the German par excellence.

Ecce Homo, The Wagner Case, Friedrich Nietzsche    

When I try to think of the kind of man who is opposed to me in all my instincts the picture that springs to mind is always that of a German.

Ecce Homo, The Wagner Case, Friedrich Nietzsche    

But as to German cookery in general—what has it not got on its conscience!

Ecce Homo, Why I am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche    

German sprit is indigestion; it can digest nothing.

Ecce Homo, Why I am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche    

Wherever Germany extends, it ruins culture.

Ecce Homo, Why I am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche    

Wherever Germany spreads it ruins culture.

Ecce Homo, Why I am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche    

I shall never admit that a German can understand what music is.

Ecce Homo, Why I am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche    

When even a remote hint of drink, drunkenness, and an evil smelling kind of jocularity was given, the souls of the old Germans waxed gladsome. Otherwise they were depressed, but here they found something they really understood.

Human, All-Too-Human : The Wanderer and His Shadow, 224. GLADSOME SOULS, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

But notwithstanding this practice, German must have sounded intolerably vulgar to Montaigne, and even to Racine : even at present, in the mouths of travellers among the Italian populace, it still sounds very coarse, sylvan, and hoarse, as if it had originated in smoky rooms and outlandish districts.

The Gay Science : Second Book, 104. The Tone of the German Language, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

The German dislike of life (including the influence of the cellar air and stove poison in German dwellings), is essentially a cold weather complaint.

The Gay Science : Third Book, 134. Pessimists as Victims, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

But this people has deliberately made itself stupid, for nearly a millennium: nowhere have the two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity, been abused more dissolutely.

Twighlight of the Idols, What the Germans Lack, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

 

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