Journal Entry 7-22-20
I've started reading Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche and these are my important quotes so far in chapter 1:
1. (On the Will to Truth)..."For there is risk in raising it, perhaps there is no greater risk."
2. "...the greater part of conscious thinking must be counted among the instinctive functions"
3. "...a philosopher is secretly influenced by his instincts and forced into definite channels."
4. "To recognize untruth as a condition of life; that is certainly to impugn the traditional ideas of value in a dangerous manner, and a philosophy which ventures to do so, has thereby alone placed itself beyond good and evil."
5. "...moreover that the moral (or immoral) purpose in every philosophy has constituted the true vital germ out of which the entire plant has always grown."
6. "...there may even be puritanical fanatics of conscience, who prefer to put their last trust in a sure nothing, rather than in an uncertain something. But that is Nihilism..."
7. "A living thing seeks above all to discharge its strength--life itself is Will To Power; self-preservation is only one of the indirect and most frequent results thereof."
8. "...natural philosophy is only a world-exposition and world-arrangement...and not a world explanation; but in so far as it is based on belief in the senses, it is regarded as more, and for a long time to come must be regarded as more--namely, as an explanation."
9. "...we really ought to free ourselves from the misleading significance of words!"
10. "Willing seems to me to be above all something complicated, something that is a unity only in name--and it is precisely in a name that popular prejudice lurks..."
11. "A man who wills commands something within himself which renders obedience, or which he believes renders obedience."
12. "...we are at the same time the commanding and the obeying parties."
13. "--who, as such, enjoys also the triumph over obstacles, but thinks within himself that it was really his own will that overcame them."