Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche

The Thought of Death. It gives me a melancholy happiness to live in the midst of this confusion of streets, of necessities, of voices: how much enjoyment, impatience and desire, how much thirsty life and drunkenness of life comes to light here every moment! And yet it will soon be so still for all these shouting, lively, life- loving people! How everyone's shadow, his gloomy travelling companion stands behind him! It is always as in the last moment before the departure of an emigrant- ship: people have more than ever to say to one another, the hour presses, the ocean with its lonely silence waits impatiently behind all the noise-so greedy, so certain of its prey! And all, all, suppose that the past has been nothing, or a small matter, that the near future is everything: hence this haste, this crying, this self-deafening and self-overreaching! Everyone wants to be foremost in this future-and yet death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future! How strange that this sole thing that is certain and common to all, exercises almost no influence on men, and that they are the furthest from regarding themselves as the brotherhood of death! It makes me happy to see that men do not want to think at all of the idea of death! I would fain do something to make the idea of life to us to be more than friends in the sense of that sublime possibility. And so we will believe in our even a hundred times more worthy of their attention.

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In this quote, the speaker contemplates the inevitability of death and the contrasting vibrancy of life. They find solace in the bustling streets, filled with people immersed in their desires and passions. However, they also acknowledge the fleeting nature of life and the certainty of death that awaits everyone. The speaker finds it peculiar that despite death being a shared experience for all, people tend to avoid thinking about it. They express a desire to emphasize the preciousness of life in order to make people contemplate it more deeply and appreciate its value.


By Friedrich Nietzsche
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