Oct 23, 2006

The Quote Shelf

book shelf A frequent feature on this site; feel free to comment on the quote or to supply a competing quote.

But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
--Friedrich Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathustra


Name withheld to protect the guilty said...

Nietzsche is probably the most misquoted-out-of-context writer there is (although you're not doing so, Mike). Everybody knows his "God is dead" quote and assumes it's anti-religion, but doesn't know the follow on that makes it a comment on humanity's sorry state: "Of his pity for man has God died."

historymike said...

Yes, Nietzsche gets a bad rap due in part to the Nazis, who distorted some of his writings to justify their warped philosophy.

I picked up an English-language version of Zarathustra in order to understand Nietzsche better.