Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes Quotations :  PITY, COMPASSION, SHAME

Pity has an almost ludicrous effect on a man of knowledge, like tender hands on a Cyclops.

Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 4, Maxims and Interludes, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Observe children, who cry and scream in order to be pitied, and therefore wait for the moment when they will be noticed; live in intercourse with the sick and mentally oppressed, and ask yourself whether that ready complaining and whimpering, that making a show of misfortune, does not, at bottom, aim at making the spectators miserable; the pity which the spectators then exhibit is in so far a consolation for the weak and suffering in that the latter recognise therein that they possess still one power, in spite of their weakness: the power of giving pain.

Human, All-Too-Human : Part One, 50. THE WISH TO AROUSE PITY, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Pity stands in opposition to all the tonic passions that augment the energy of the feeling of aliveness: it is a depressant.

The AntiChrist, Chapter 7, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Pity thwarts the whole law of evolution, which is the law of natural selection.

The AntiChrist, Chapter 7, 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

There are hours in which I am ashamed of it; to be sure there are likewise hours in which I am ashamed of this shame.

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

Pity is the most pleasant feeling in those who have not much pride, and have no prospect of great conquests: the easy prey - and that is what every sufferer is - is for them an enchanting thing.

The Gay Science : First Book, 13. The Theory of the Sense of Power, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

Pity is praised as the virtue of prostitues.

The Gay Science : First Book, 13. The Theory of the Sense of Power, Friedrich Nietzsche    Go to Quote

 

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