Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes Quotations :  FATE, FREE WILL, PREDESTINATION

My formula for greatness in man is amor fati: the fact that a man wishes nothing to be different, either in the future or in the past or for all eternity.

Ecce Homo, Why I am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche    

In looking at a waterfall we imagine that there is freedom of will and fancy in the countless turnings, twistings, and breakings of the waves; but everything is compulsory, every movement can be mathematically calculated. So it is also with human actions; one would have to be able to calculate every single action beforehand if one were all knowing; equally so all progress of knowledge, every error, all malice.

Human, All-Too-Human : Part One, 106. AT THE WATERFALL, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

If one considers, then, that a man's every action, not only his books, in some way becomes the occasion for other actions, decisions, and thoughts; that everything which is happening is inextricably tied to everything which will happen; then one understands the real immortality, that of movement: what once has moved others is like an insect in amber, enclosed and immortalized in the general intertwining of all that exists.

Human, All-Too-Human : Part One, 208. THE BOOK BECOMES ALMOST HUMAN, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Over the course of history, men learn that iron necessity is neither iron nor necessary.

Human, All-Too-Human : Part One, 514. IRON NECESSITY, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Language contains a hidden philosophical mythology, which, however careful we may be, breaks out afresh at every moment. The belief in free will — that is to say, in similar facts and isolated facts — finds in language its continual apostle and advocate.

Human, All-Too-Human : The Wanderer and His Shadow, 11. FREEDOM OF THE WILL AND THE ISOLATION OF FACTS, 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

They even pity my accidents and chances: - but my doctrine is: "Suffer the chance to come unto me: it is as innocent as a little child”!

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

All things are chained and entwined together, all things are in Love.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Drunken Song, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Men were considered "free" only so that they might be considered guilty — could be judged and punished: consequently, every act had to be considered as willed, and the origin of every act had to be considered as lying within the consciousness (and thus the most fundamental psychological deception was made the principle of psychology itself).

Twighlight of the Idols, The Four Great Errors, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

No one is responsible for a man's being here at all, for his being such-and-such, or for his being in these circumstances or in this environment.

Twighlight of the Idols, The Four Great Errors, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote


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