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All of quotes were made before the age of 44. Even though he lived to the age of 55, during the last 11 years of his life he had no use of his mental capabilities. While many of Friedrich Nietzsche quotes were focused on religion, or the fallacy of it, it would be interesting to see what he would have written about later in his life and if his opinion would have changed. Although, the statement ‘God is dead’ did come from him, so there would likely have been no change in how he viewed religion. Many of his quotes are focused on human behavior and existence, and following are 17 quotes that moved me.
1. Purpose Gets Us Through
If you have a purpose – a ‘why’, then you will be able to make it through anything. Reading this quote, I thought about a friend’s grandmother who had a husband in a wheelchair, two floods take away everything she owned, two kids die from murder, two kids suffer from alcoholism, one kid gets diagnosed with a fatal disease, and watched the death of almost everyone she loved before she died, yet, she still got through it all with a sense of humor and a positive outlook on life. Her ‘why’ was taking care of her family in the best way she could, and that purpose helped her get through the toughest of times instead of giving up. What’s your ‘why’?
2. Awareness Provides Meaning
You have probably heard many people exclaim that life is hard. That is true, depending on your perception. If you are just merely living, then you are suffering. Bad things happen. Unwanted things come into your path. Ugly people and situations come into your life without warning. Without meaning, you will suffer. But, when you have the awareness to see that all of these things can teach you something about life and yourself, and then find the meaning in them, you will get through each situation intact.
3. Let Your Inner Child Out!
Grownups are expected to act grown up, but we don’t lose our sense of play! I think that Friedrich Nietzsche meant ‘real’ as in a sense of acting like a man is supposed to act – strong, composed, and serious. However, take away the ‘real’ aspect and you just have a man – a human, who never loses the ability to play and enjoy himself.
It’s useful advice not to keep your inner child locked away. You are allowed to let him or her out, and according to experts, it can actually be beneficial! Playing helps you to create, feel challenged, de-stress, refocus, and get along with other people. It is a tool that every ‘real’ person should use!
4. Teach Openness Instead Of Narrow-Mindedness
Some of the ugliest people I have come across are very narrow-minded. Anyone who doesn’t think like them are ridiculed, looked down upon, and treated poorly. Unfortunately, those people have a very boring life.
Teaching kids to be open, and curious about other people’s opinions and perceptions, is the best way to teach them to be loving, compassionate, and interesting. In fact, teaching others to see the value that everyone has – the equal value – would be beneficial to creating a kinder and more peaceful world. Sounds worth it to me!
5. Keep Busy In Life
This is one of those Friedrich Nietzsche quotes that should inspire you to get up and get thinking! In essence, he’s saying that an idle mind or life is what promotes the need to study the mind and what is going on in it. Perhaps referring to mental issues, such as a negative mindset, anxiety, or depression.
It is well-known that we need to keep our mind healthy in order to live richer and fulfilling lives. Happiness, satisfaction, awareness, and positive thinking all come from a healthy mind! Therefore, keep busy and give your brain the exercise that it needs to stay strong. Learn something new, read, play challenging mind games, debate, or start a new hobby. Never become idle in life.
6. Why Do They Talk About Themselves So Much?
As you read Mark Twain quotes, it becomes apparent that he had a huge sense of humor. In fact, he is known as the greatest American humorist of his time. If you get the chance, I highly recommend reading Mark Twain’s bio. Everything about him was interesting, even the way he came into and left this world. But before you do, check out the following 18 Mark Twain quotes that might give you some insight into how to have more happiness in life.
1. The Truth Will Free Up Your Mind
I learned this a long time ago. Telling lies is hard! You have to keep your stories straight, and more often than not you get busted and look like a fool in front of the people you lied to. But, when you don’t lie, you don’t have to remember anything. You just speak freely, think freely, and people trust you more because it’s apparent that you are willing to say the truth. If you want to be happier, starting right now, start telling the truth – to other people and to yourself.
2. Do What Makes You Happy Now
Is there something that you know will make you happy, but you’ve been putting it off? As Mark Twain says so simply, you have to get started in order to get ahead. If you know that better health will make you happier, then you have to get started on living a healthier life. If you know that a healthier relationship will make you happier, then you have to find a way to improve your relationship. Once you get started, you can become successful in the areas that make you happiest.
3. Happy Relationships Depend On This
If you want to have happier relationships, then this is one of the Mark Twain quotes you need to remember. If you make someone your priority in life, and you are someone they could live without if someone better came along, then you are doing your happiness a disservice. In order to have a happy relationship, there has to be some give-and-take. You can’t give everything and get nothing or you will start to feel ignored and undervalued, which will affect your happiness. In other words, ditch the importance on the relationships where you are an option and focus on the relationships where you are a priority.
4. Don’t Wallow In Your Sadness
If you are feeling down, it is important to reach out to other people. While you may want to sit around and focus on your sadness, that’s not the ticket to feeling better. Helping others feel better helps you see things from a different perspective, which helps you feel better about your own problems. Moreover, it takes your mind off your problems for a while, and that break can decrease the attachment you feel to the pain.
5. What Really Matters?
You being born, and you figuring out why you are here, are two of the greatest days you will experience in your life. You being born means that your awesomeness was added to this world – and when you figure out why you are here, you will really understand why that is so important!
How can you find your purpose? Start being true to yourself. Don’t get caught up in who you are told you are supposed to be; instead, pay attention to who you feel like you should be and allow yourself the freedom of living up to your own potential.
6. You Can Defeat Reality
Aristotle was a man who understood logic. In fact, according to his biography, his aim was to develop a way of reasoning that would allow all men to learn everything about reality. It’s no wonder that a lot of Aristotle quotes focus on reason, and thanks to his interest in good living, they are also focused on making the most out of life by doing the right things. There are many Aristotle quotes that will just make sense to you, and when it comes to success, the more common sense you apply to life, the better.
1. Your Habits Define You
There is no escaping the truth that your habits define you. Your habits determine how your days go, which ultimately determines how much success you have.
For instance, if you are in the habit of procrastination, then you are going to constantly put off the things that are the hardest – and most valuable for your success. Therefore, if you want to be outstanding in any area of your life, make habits that help you become outstanding and work on developing them day after day.
2. You Will Master What You Enjoy
This is just a simple truth of life. For example, if you enjoy cleaning, then you are going to clean perfectly, but if you hate cleaning, then you are going to miss spots and leave dust behind.
Only pleasure in your job helps you see everything that needs to be done and gives you the motivation to do it. Therefore, if your efforts at work are producing poor results, you need to see if there is a way to increase your pleasure in your job. If you can’t find a way to increase your pleasure, then you need to find a more pleasurable job if you want to start producing work that makes you feel proud at the end of the day.
3. Self-Control Helps You Stay On Track
Do you want to make the most out of your days? Learn the art of self-control. Without it, you will take on things that you know don’t influence your success. With it, you will stay focused on what really matters and make the most out of your day. Self-control only takes desire to stay in control and practice to make it a habit, so find your desire to succeed, practice doing what you know will get you there, and avoid temptation to do useless things.
4. It Ain’t Easy Getting Educated