Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, writer, and philologist whose work has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history. He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. He became the youngest person ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869 at the age of 24.
Nietzsche insists that there are no rules for human life, no absolute values, no certainties on which to rely. If the truth can be achieved at all, it can come only from an individual who purposefully disregards everything that is traditionally taken to be “important.”
In Beyond Good and Evil Nietzsche criticizes the concept of free will both negatively and positively. He calls it a folly resulting from the extravagant pride of man; and calls the idea a crass stupidity. … Will is generally considered a mental power. “Freedom” of will could then be interpreted as: power of will.
Nietzsche was an atheist for his adult life and didn’t mean that there was a God who had actually died, rather that our idea of one had. … Europe no longer needed God as the source for all morality, value, or order in the universe; philosophy and science were capable of doing that for us.