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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844 and died on August 25, 1900. He was a 19th-century German philosopher. Nietzsche wrote critiques of morality, religion, contemporary culture, science, and philosophy, using a distinctive form and showing fondness for aphorism.

Today, Nietzsche's influence remains overwhelming within and beyond the realm of philosophy, most notably in postmodernism and existentialism. Nietzsche's work includes interpreting tragedy as an affirmation of life, an eternal recurrence that has fallen into numerous interpretations, and a reversal of Platonism in which appearance is placed "as goal".

In every party there is one who through his all too credulous avowal of the party's principles incites the others to apostasy.
Whoever thinks much is not suitable as a party member: he soon thinks himself right out of the party.
The most dangerous follower is he whose defection would destroy the whole party: that is to say, the best follower.
Marriages contracted from love (so-called love-matches) have error for their father and need for their mother.
Women are quite able to make friends with a man; but to preserve such a friendship - that no doubt requires the assistance of a slight physical antipathy.
Democratic institutions are quarantine arrangements to combat that ancient pestilence, lust for tyranny: as such they are very useful and very boring.
A strange thing, our kind of punishment! It does not cleanse the offender, it is no expiation: on the contrary, it defiles more than the offense itself.
There are women who, however you may search them, prove to have no content but are purely masks. The man who associates with such almost spectral, necessarily unsatisfied beings is to be commiserated with, yet it is precisely they who are able to arouse the desire of the man most strongly: he seeks for her soul -- and goes on seeking.
People who comprehend a thing to its very depths rarely stay faithful to it forever. For they have brought its depths into the light of day: and in the depths there is always much that is unpleasant to see.
Sometimes it requires only a stronger pair of spectacles to cure the lover, and he who had the imagination to picture a face, a figure twenty years older would perhaps pass through life very undisturbed.
The cure for love is still in most cases that ancient radical medicine: love in return.