The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (Google eBook)

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T. Fisher Unwin, 1908 - 321 pages
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User Review  - Tobe - Goodreads

A basic introduction, but valuable for getting your bearings with Nietzsche. Some readers will find Mencken's often breezy, sometimes arrogant writing style off-putting. Definitely not PC by today's standards, but I found it to refreshing to read something so obviously from a different era. Read full review

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User Review  - Obinna Onwuka - Goodreads

As a novice to Nietzsche this seemed to be a pretty good overview of his theories. Mencken writes in a clear, brief, and conversational style that is very engaging. It's sad that both ascribe to ... Read full review

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Page 269 - I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
Page 80 - Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.
Page 124 - American's conviction that he must be able to look any man in the eye and tell him to go to hell, are the very essence of the free man's way of life.
Page 130 - These angels and men, thus predestinated and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed ; and their number is so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished.
Page 130 - Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God before the foundation of the world was laid, according to his eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of his will, hath chosen in Christ unto everlasting glory, out of his mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as conditions or causes moving him thereunto, and all to the praise of his glorious grace.
Page 269 - China has already found, that in this world the nation that has trained itself to a career of unwarlike and isolated ease is bound in the end to go down before other nations which have not lost the manly and adventurous qualities.
Page 160 - We think so, because, other people all think so, Or because — or because, after all, we do think so ; Or because we were told so, and think we must think so. Or because we once thought so and think we still think so ; Or because, having thought so, we think we will think so.
Page 139 - When two tribes of primeval man, living in the same country, came into competition, if (other circumstances being equal) the one tribe included a great number of courageous, sympathetic and faithful members, who were always ready to warn each other of danger, to aid and defend each other, this tribe would succeed better and conquer the other.
Page 83 - evil" is of a different origin. The cowardly, the timid, the insignificant, and those thinking merely of narrow utility are despised; moreover, also, the distrustful, with their constrained glances, the self-abasing, the dog-like kind of men who let themselves be abused, the mendicant flatterers, and above all the liars:— it is a fundamental belief of all aristocrats that the common people are untruthful. "We truthful ones"— the nobility in ancient Greece called themselves.
Page 234 - The man who has become free - and how much more the mind that has become free - spurns the contemptible sort of well-being dreamed of by shopkeepers, Christians, cows, women, Englishmen and other democrats. The free man is a warrior.

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