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One and the same

March 28th, 2017 · No Comments

“The God of Plato and Aristotle, of Plotinus and Augustine, of Aquinas and Bonaventure, of Newman and C. S. Lewis; the eternal immutable, infinite, ubiquitous, omnipotent, omniscient Supreme Being, Unmoved Mover, ens realissimum, whose existence is identical with His essence and who is without body, parts, or passions, is one of the sublimest achievements of […]

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Tree falling in the forest, variation ∞

October 4th, 2013 · 2 Comments

”No one can extract from things, books included, more than he already knows.  What one has no access to through experience one has no ear for.  Now let us imagine an extreme case: that a book speaks of nothing but events which lie outside the possibility of general or even of rare experience—that it is […]

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And think of the student loan debt one accumulates

October 3rd, 2013 · 2 Comments

“One repays a teacher badly if one remains only a pupil.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo (trans. Hollingdale) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Still doing what they can

October 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

“Christianity robbed us of the harvest of the culture of the ancient world, it later went on to rob us of the harvest of the culture of Islam.  The wonderful Moorish cultural world of Spain, more closely related to us at bottom, speaking more directly to our senses and taste, than Greece and Rome, was […]

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They bruise easily

October 1st, 2013 · No Comments

“A right is a privilege.  The privilege of each is determined by the nature of his being.  Let us not underestimate the privileges of the mediocre.  Life becomes harder and harder as it approaches the heights—the coldness increases, the responsibility increases.  A high culture is a pyramid: it can stand only on a broad base, […]

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Don’t touch that!

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

“The old God, all ‘spirit,’ all high priest, all perfection, promenades in his garden: but he is bored.  Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain.  What does he do?  He invents man—man is entertaining….  But behold, man too is bored.  God’s sympathy with the only kind of distress found in every Paradise knows no […]

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My family fears for my soul when I post such quotes as this

September 29th, 2013 · No Comments

“The great lie of personal immortality destroys all rationality, all naturalness of instinct—all that is salutary, all that is life-furthering, all that holds a guarantee of the future in the instincts henceforth excites mistrust.  So to live that there is no longer any meaning in living: that now becomes the meaning of life….  What is […]

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Son of a preacher-man

September 28th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“Even with the most modest claim to integrity one must know today that a theologian, a priest, a pope does not merely err in every sentence he speaks, he lies—that he is no longer free to lie ‘innocently,’ out of ‘ignorance.’  The priest knows as well as anyone that there is no longer any ‘God,’ […]

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For instance, education

September 27th, 2013 · No Comments

“The entire West has lost those instincts out of which institutions grow, out of which the future grows: perhaps nothing goes so much against the grain of its ‘modern spirit’ as this.  One lives for today, one lives very fast—one lives very irresponsibly: it is precisely this which one calls ‘freedom’.  That which makes institutions […]

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Nothing to stick your tongue out at

September 26th, 2013 · No Comments

“The struggle against purpose in art is always a struggle against the moralizing tendency in art, against the subordination of art to morality.  L’art pour l’art means : ‘the devil take morality!’—But this very hostility betrays that moral prejudice is still dominant.  When one has excluded from art the purpose of moral preaching and human […]

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Dancing on the ceiling

September 25th, 2013 · 6 Comments

“No one can spend more than he has—that is true of individuals, it is also true of nations.  If one spends oneself on power, grand politics, economic affairs, world commerce, parliamentary institutions, military interests—if one expends in this direction the quantum of reason, seriousness, will, self-overcoming that one is, then there will be a shortage […]

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No retirement for you, mister

September 24th, 2013 · No Comments

“One is fruitful only at the cost of being rich in contradictions; one remains young only on condition the soul does not relax, does not long for peace.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols (trans. Hollingdale; emphases in original) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Whistle while you work, that’s an order

September 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

“To stay cheerful when involved in a gloomy and exceedingly responsible business is no inconsiderable art: yet what could be more necessary than cheerfulness? Nothing succeeds in which high spirits play no part. Only excess of strength is proof of strength.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols (trans. Hollingdale) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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And how many pushups can you do?

September 14th, 2013 · No Comments

“Examine all those epochs in a nation’s history when the scholar assumes a prominent position: those are always the crepuscular times of fatigue and decline; the times of reckless health, instinctual security, confidence in the future, are over.  It does not augur well for a culture when the mandarins are in the saddle, any more […]

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Tormented and tormenting

September 7th, 2013 · No Comments

“What a mad, unhappy animal is man!  What strange notions occur to him; what perversities, what paroxysms of nonsense, what bestialities of idea burst from him, the moment he is prevented ever so little from being a beast of action!” – Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals (trans. Golffing) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Inquisitive buggers, too

September 6th, 2013 · No Comments

“Priests are the most evil enemies to have—why should this be so?  Because they are the most impotent.  It is their impotence which makes their hate so violent and sinister, so cerebral and poisonous.  The greatest haters in history—but also the most intelligent haters—have been priests.  Beside the brilliance of priestly vengeance all other brilliance […]

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So much for love and friendship

September 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

“A human being who strives for something great regards everybody he meets on his way either as a means or as a delay and hindrance—or as a temporary resting-place.  The lofty goodness towards his fellow men which is proper to him becomes possible only when he has reached his height and he rules.  Impatience and […]

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So much for twittering instagrammatically over the tumbling linked-in facebook

September 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

“He shall be the greatest who can be the most solitary, the most concealed, the most divergent, the man beyond good and evil, the master of his virtues, the superabundant of will; this shall be called greatness; the ability to be as manifold as whole, as vast as full.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and […]

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But he had such a rough childhood

September 1st, 2013 · No Comments

“There comes a point of morbid mellowing and over-tenderness in the history of society at which it takes the side even of him who harms it, the criminal, and does so honestly and wholeheartedly.  Punishment: that seems to it somehow unfair—certainly the idea of ‘being punished’ and ‘having to punish’ is unpleasant to it, makes […]

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Evil, mean and average

August 31st, 2013 · No Comments

“When the highest and strongest drives, breaking passionately out, carry the individual far above and beyond the average and lowlands of the herd conscience, the self-confidence of the community goes to pieces, its faith in itself, its spine as it were, is broken: consequently it is precisely these drives which are most branded and calumniated.  […]

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Just another beast of burden

August 30th, 2013 · No Comments

“‘Thou shalt obey someone and for a long time: otherwise thou shalt perish and lose all respect for thyself’—this seems to me to be nature’s imperative, which is, to be sure, neither ‘categorical’ as old Kant demanded it should be (hence the ‘otherwise’—), nor addressed to the individual (what do individuals matter to nature!), but […]

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Hose him down

August 29th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“A man with genius is unendurable if he does not also possess at least two other things: gratitude and cleanliness.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil (trans. Hollingdale) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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It’s just a flesh wound

August 28th, 2013 · No Comments

“It has never been faith but always freedom from faith, that half-stoical and smiling unconcern with the seriousness of faith, that has enraged slaves in their masters and against their masters.  ‘Enlightenment’ enrages: for the slave wants the unconditional, he understands in the domain of morality too only the tyrannical, he loves as he hates, […]

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Deceiving first themselves

August 27th, 2013 · No Comments

“What makes one regard philosophers half mistrustfully and half mockingly is not that one again and again detects how innocent they are—how often and how easily they fall into error and go astray, in short their childishness and childlikeness—but that they display altogether insufficient honesty, while making a mighty and virtuous noise as soon as […]

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At least it’s consistent

August 25th, 2013 · No Comments

“Does this present not belong to the mob?  The mob, however, does not know what is great or small, what is straight and honest: it is innocently crooked, it always lies.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (trans. Hollingdale) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Hang him by his nuts, see what he does

August 24th, 2013 · No Comments

“Man is the cruellest animal.  More than anything on earth he enjoys tragedies, bullfights, and crucifixions; and when he invented Hell for himself, behold, it was his heaven on earth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (trans. Hollingdale) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king

July 9th, 2013 · No Comments

“Where I found a living creature, there I found will to power; and even in the will of the servant I found the will to be master.  The will of the weaker persuades it to serve the stronger; its will wants to be master over those weaker still; this delight alone it is unwilling to […]

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Stepping out

July 5th, 2013 · No Comments

“In the mountains the shortest route is from peak to peak, but for that you must have really long legs.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (trans. Hollingdale) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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The contemptive labor of rebirth

July 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

“What is the greatest thing you can experience?  It is the hour of the great contempt.  The hour in which even your happiness grows loathsome to you, and your reason and your virtue also. “The hour when you say: ‘What good is my happiness?  It is poverty and dirt and a miserable ease.  But my […]

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Dance the blight away

June 30th, 2013 · No Comments

“I ask myself what my body really wants from music generally.  I believe it wants to have relief: so that all animal functions should be accelerated by means of light, bold, unfettered, self-assured rhythms; so that brazen, leaden life should be gilded by means of golden, good, tender harmonies.  My melancholy would fain rest its […]

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