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"A philosopher: that is a person who is constantly experiencing, seeing, hearing, suspecting, hoping, dreaming extraordinary things: who is struck by is own thoughts as if they came from outside, from above or below, as his sort of happenings and lightning bolts; who may even be himself a thunderstorm, going about pregnant with new lightening; an ominous person, ringed round by roaring and rumbling, gaping and sinister. A philosopher: alas, a being who often runs away from himself, is often afraid of himself — but too curious not to ‘come to himself’ eventually…"

— Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil

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"Wherever pity is preached these days…let the psychologist open up his ears. Through all the vanity, through all the noise that this preacher (like all preachers) intrinsically possesses, the psychologist will hear the genuine, rasping, groaning sound of self hatred."

— Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil

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"Oh Europe, Europe! We are familiar with the horned animal that you always found most attractive, who kept threatening you with more danger! Your old fable could become ‘history’ once more, - once more an enormous stupidity could come to dominate you and carry you away! And there is no god hidden inside, no! only an ‘idea,’ a ‘modern idea’!"

— Friedrich Nietzshe -¬†Beyond Good and Evil¬† (an allusion to the Greek myth in which Zeus, in the form of a bull, abducts Europa, daughter of the royal house of Phoenicia)

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"To go through life with tremendous, proud calmness; always beyond…To feel or not to feel our emotions, our Pros and Cons, as we see fit, to condescend to them for hours at a time; to sit upon them, as we do a horse, and often an ass — for we need not to know how to capitalize on their stupidity as well as their fire. To hold onto our three hundred foreground reasons; also our dark glasses, for there are times when no one may look into our eyes, and even less into our ‘reasons’. And to choose to keep company with that roguish and cheerful vice Courtesy. And to remain master of our four virtues: courage, insight, sympathy, solitude."

— Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil

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"O sancta simplicitas! How strangely simplified and false are people’s lives! Once we have focused our eyes on this wonder, there is no end to the wonderment!"

— Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil (1886)