Friedrich Nietzsche Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

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Born in the Prussian province of Saxony, Nietzsche showed a particular aptitude for music and language as a young man. His extensive knowledge of Roman and Greek culture led to his appointment as Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel at the age of 24. His later study of the works of Schopenhauer and Ritschl ignited his interest in philosophy and helped him promulgate his own ideas on relativistic truth, the origins of morality, and the failings of Christianity. He had a close relationship with Richard and Cosima Wagner, and with Lou Andreas Salomé, who would later mentor Rilke. Nietzsche’s philosophy included what he called the “death of God” and the individual’s “will to power” which many viewed as dangerously egocentric. His failing health and ultimate early death left his papers in the hands of his younger sister, whose husband was a prominent German Nationalist and anti-Semite. Their reworking of posthumous editions of his philosophy gave them an ugly twist the Nazis later used to justify their amorality.  A master of aphorism, it was Nietzsche who coined the phrase “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” but also “Within every real man is hidden a child who wants to play.”

Greg Bover

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