Quotes from work
Untimely Meditations

Friedrich NietzscheOriginal title Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen (German, 1873)

Untimely Meditations , also translated as Unfashionable Observations and Thoughts Out Of Season, consists of four works by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, started in 1873 and completed in 1876.


Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations

Niemand kann dir die Brücke bauen, auf der gerade du über den Fluß des Lebens schreiten mußt, niemand außer dir allein.
“Schopenhauer as educator,” § 3.1, R. Hollingdale, trans. (1983), p. 129
Untimely Meditations (1876)

Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations

“Schopenhauer as educator” ("Schopenhauer als Erzieher"), § 3.1, R. Hollingdale, trans. (1983), p. 127
Untimely Meditations (1876)
Context: In his heart every man knows quite well that, being unique, he will be in the world only once and that no imaginable chance will for a second time gather together into a unity so strangely variegated an assortment as he is: he knows it but he hides it like a bad conscience—why? From fear of his neighbor, who demands conventionality and cloaks himself with it. But what is it that constrains the individual to fear his neighbor, to think and act like a member of a herd, and to have no joy in himself? Modesty, perhaps, in a few rare cases. With the great majority it is indolence, inertia. … Men are even lazier than they are timid, and fear most of all the inconveniences with which unconditional honesty and nakedness would burden them. Artists alone hate this sluggish promenading in borrowed fashions and appropriated opinions and they reveal everyone’s secret bad conscience, the law that every man is a unique miracle.

Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„There exists no more repulsive and desolate creature in the world than the man who has evaded his genius and who now looks furtively to left and right, behind him and all about him. In the end such a man becomes impossible to get hold of, since he is wholly exterior, without kernel: a tattered, painted bag of clothes; a decked-out ghost that cannot inspire even fear and certainly not pity.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations

Es gibt kein öderes und widrigeres Geschöpf in der Natur als den Menschen, welcher seinem Genius ausgewichen ist und nun nach rechts und nach links, nach rückwärts und überallhin schielt. Man darf einen solchen Menschen zuletzt gar nicht mehr angreifen, denn er ist ganz Außenseite ohne Kern, ein anbrüchiges, gemaltes, aufgebauschtes Gewand.
“Schopenhauer as educator,” § 3.1, R. Hollingdale, trans. (1983), p. 128
Untimely Meditations (1876)

Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„In order to be able thus to misjudge, and thus to grant left-handed veneration to our classics, people must have ceased to know them. This, generally speaking, is precisely what has happened. For, otherwise, one ought to know that there is only one way of honoring them, and that is to continue seeking with the same spirit and with the same courage, and not to weary of the search.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations

Um aber unsere Klassiker so falsch beurteilen und so beschimpfend ehren zu können, muß man sie gar nicht mehr kennen: und dies ist die allgemeine Tatsache. Denn sonst müßte man wissen, daß es nur eine Art gibt, sie zu ehren, nämlich dadurch, daß man fortfährt, in ihrem Geiste und mit ihrem Mute zu suchen, und dabei nicht müde wird.
(A. Ludovici trans.), § 1.2
Untimely Meditations (1876)

Help us translate English quotes

Discover interesting quotes and translate them.

Start translating
Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„If it is true to say of the lazy that they kill time, then it is greatly to be feared that an era which sees its salvation in public opinion, this is to say private laziness, is a time that really will be killed: I mean that it will be struck out of the history of the true liberation of life. How reluctant later generations will be to have anything to do with the relics of an era ruled, not by living men, but by pseudo-men dominated by public opinion.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations

Wenn man mit Recht vom Faulen sagt, er töte die Zeit, so muß man von einer Periode, welche ihr Heil auf die öffentlichen Meinungen, das heißt auf die privaten Faulheiten setzt, ernstlich besorgen, daß eine solche Zeit wirklich einmal getötet wird: ich meine, daß sie aus der Geschichte der wahrhaften Befreiung des Lebens gestrichen wird. Wie groß muß der Widerwille späterer Geschlechter sein, sich mit der Hinterlassenschaft jener Periode zu befassen, in welcher nicht die lebendigen Menschen, sondern öffentlich meinende Scheinmenschen regierten.
“Schopenhauer as educator,” § 3.1, R. Hollingdale, trans. (1983), p. 128
Untimely Meditations (1876)

Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„That is the secret of all culture: it does not provide artificial limbs, wax noses or spectacles—that which can provide these things is, rather, only sham education. Culture is liberation, the removal of all the weeds, rubble and vermin that want to attack the tender buds of the plant.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations

Untimely Meditations (1876)
Original: (de) Das ist das Geheimnis aller Bildung: sie verleiht nicht künstliche Gliedmaßen, wächserne Nasen, bebrillte Augen – vielmehr ist das, was diese Gaben zu geben vermöchte, nur das Afterbild der Erziehung. Sondern Befreiung ist sie, Wegräumung alles Unkrauts, Schuttwerks, Gewürms, das die zarten Keime der Pflanzen antasten will.

“Schopenhauer as educator,” § 3.1, R. Hollingdale, trans. (1983), p. 130
:::Compare: "Truth that has been merely learned is like an artificial limb, a false tooth, a waxen nose; at best, like a nose made out of another's flesh; it adheres to us only because it is put on."—Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena, Vol. 2, Ch. 22, § 261

Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„How can a man know himself? He is a thing dark and veiled; and if the hare has seven skins, man can slough off seventy times seven and still not be able to say: “this is really you, this is no longer outer shell.”“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations

Wie finden wir uns selbst wieder? Wie kann sich der Mensch kennen? Er ist eine dunkle und verhüllte Sache; und wenn der Hase sieben Häute hat, so kann der Mensch sich sieben mal siebzig abziehn und wird noch nicht sagen können: »das bist du nun wirklich, das ist nicht mehr Schale«.
“Schopenhauer as educator,” § 3.1, R. Hollingdale, trans. (1983), p. 129
Untimely Meditations (1876)

Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„There exists in the world a single path along which no one can go except you: whither does it lead? Do not ask, go along it.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations

Es gibt in der Welt einen einzigen Weg, auf welchem niemand gehen kann, außer dir: wohin er führt? Frage nicht, gehe ihn.
“Schopenhauer as educator,” § 3.1, R. Hollingdale, trans. (1983), p. 129
Untimely Meditations (1876)

Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

Similar authors

Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche1
German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and cl… 1844 - 1900
Heinrich Heine photo
Heinrich Heine60
German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic
Samuel Taylor Coleridge photo
Samuel Taylor Coleridge219
English poet, literary critic and philosopher
Ludwig Van Beethoven photo
Ludwig Van Beethoven41
German Romantic composer
Richard Wagner photo
Richard Wagner38
German composer, conductor
Ludwig Feuerbach photo
Ludwig Feuerbach36
German philosopher and anthropologist
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel photo
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel105
German philosopher
Arthur Schopenhauer photo
Arthur Schopenhauer260
German philosopher
Henri-Frédéric Amiel photo
Henri-Frédéric Amiel50
Swiss philosopher and poet
Matthew Arnold photo
Matthew Arnold166
English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector…
Similar authors
Friedrich Nietzsche photo
Friedrich Nietzsche1
German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and cl… 1844 - 1900
Heinrich Heine photo
Heinrich Heine60
German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic
Samuel Taylor Coleridge photo
Samuel Taylor Coleridge219
English poet, literary critic and philosopher
Ludwig Van Beethoven photo
Ludwig Van Beethoven41
German Romantic composer
Richard Wagner photo
Richard Wagner38
German composer, conductor