Aphorisms on Love and Hate by Friedrich Nietzsche (quotes)

Quotes from  Aphorisms on Love and Hate by Friedrich Nietzsche:

We must think of men who are cruel today as stages of earlier cultures, which have been left over (…). They are backward men, whose brains, because of various possible accidents of heredity, have not yet developed much delicacy or versatility. They show us what we all were, and frighten us. But they themselves are as little responsible as a piece of granite for being granite. (p. 7)

Observe how children weep and cry, so that they will be pitied, how they wait for the moment, when their condition will be noticed. Or live among the ill and depressed, and question whether their eloquent laments and whimpering, the spectacle of their misfortune, is not basically aimed at hurting those present. The pity that the spectators then express consoles the weak and suffering, inasmuch as they see that, despite all their weakness, they still have at least one power: the power to hurt. (p. 12)

(…) the commander and the executor are different people: the former does not witness his cruelty and therefore has no strong impression of it in his imagination; the latter is obeying a superior and feels no responsibility. Because of a lack of imagination, most princes and military leaders can easily appear to be harsh and cruel, without being so. (p. 28-29)

A sure way to provoke people and to put evil thoughts into their heads is to make them wait a long time. (p. 35)

Whoever lives for the sake of combating an enemy has an interest in enemy’s staying alive. (p. 52)

Life consists of rare, isolated moments of greatest significance, and of innumerably many intervals, during which at best the silhouettes of these moments hover about us. (…) For many men do not have those moments at all, and are themselves intervals and intermissions in the symphony of real life. (p. 53)

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