Why I Am So Wise

Why I Am So Wise Throughout history some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate dissent war and revolution They have enlightened outrag

  • Title: Why I Am So Wise
  • Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
  • ISBN: 9780141018973
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • Throughout history, some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted They have enriched lives and destroyed them Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whosThroughout history, some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted They have enriched lives and destroyed them Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are.

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    1. This is my first Nietzsche. I've already learned a lot.1. Everyone assume N is German, but he considers himself a Pole.2. N hated German culture. I guess the Nazis missed this book. N also thought Wagner’s best work was more French than German—a unique insight, to say the least.3. N is the prototype of the modern conservative chicken hawk. N talks a lot about war—he claims to be “warlike by nature”--but he seems to have avoided real war in his own life. His experiences—left undefined [...]

    2. Reading this book, I put myself into less defensive mode. And this book struck my reasoning why I believe in God.It appears to me that some of us (I assume) still have blind faith in Islam, at least partially.Why partially? Because we only start to really believe - the start is the state of aqil baligh while the time before we were just asked to - after long living in believing environment. We are not given enough means to ponder upon in deciding whether to believe or not to. There - in the envi [...]

    3. I have never done this before (you can check my reviews if you’re skeptical) and I promise I won’t do it again, but I don’t want to say anything about Nietzsche except:1. I either did not understand him (doubtful) and therefore it went over my head and therefore my opinion is negligible, or2. I did understand him and thoroughly disliked him. He is pompous and grating.

    4. The first forty or so pages really turned me off. It is like a caricature of Nietzsche more than anything I've read by him. If it were the first thing I'd read by him I'd probably have been put off his work for a long time.The first half consists mostly of an examination of the climate and cuisine (yes, cuisine) that made him so great, usually expressed in flat declarations - sometimes obscure and almost always outrageous. As a colorful example, he describes one musical composition of his by say [...]

    5. Hmmm Nietzsche. I enjoyed this read but didn't fully grasp it all because he really does have so much knowledge about everything. I found it more comical than anything else, hearing him inhabit his own ego for a hundred pages or so was insightful and also comical. I found it hard to get over the language he uses because he has such an expansive vocabulary.

    6. The maddening thing about Nietzsche is that he reaches completely abhorrent conclusions with perfectly impeccable arguments. A great read!

    7. Interesting formally, but hard to take seriously. The overblown self-aggrandising may have been ironic, but the misogyny seemed like it really, really wasn't. Very interesting in relation to his own role in German culture. A self-identifying Pole who hates all of German culture modern and ancientWould recommend to those who need a bit of Nietzsche and have already read his fun stuff.

    8. Well, this is my first Nietzsche. Reading was a bit confusing but as the back cover said it was written in the end. I liked the sarcasm and skepticism are great and I had good laughs and thought. I liked and I can't wait to read Zarathustra

    9. I approached Nietsche with some trepidation, but a small collection without copious footnotes and a heavy introduction helped. As did the accessible translation (RG Hollingdale) which gave N's writing a directness that was refreshing compared to some of his contemporary thinkers.The main message, perhaps N's only real message, that came through was the divorce of man from the constructs of society, history and most importantly the burden of fate. Up to this point most philosophies relied on a hi [...]

    10. The less than perfect star rating isn't so much against the material in Why I Am So Wise as it is against the compilation. This book is actually, in fact, a compilation of some of Nietzsche's works that has been stripped out of its original source. If one wants to get the full flow of Nietzsche's thought and progression in one work, pick up the books that this book took the material from and read them in procession; namely, Ecce Homo and Twilight of the Idols.Notwithstanding the fact that this b [...]

    11. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher par excellence, has tried to give the reason and the gist of his wisdom in a pithy manner. To describe in his own words"philosophy means living voluntarily among ice and high mountains—seeking out everything strange and questionable in existence". Most of his philosophy has been propounded while living in the lofty mountain of St. Moritz in Switzerland. Nietzsche attributes his cleverness to selective nutriment, selective climate and place, cleanliness and the [...]

    12. Nietzsche writes with a feverous intelligence; the strength of his conviction a seething torrent that sweeps through the pages of this book. His discussion of the shortcomings of morality, as entrenched in Christian teaching and understanding is intruiging- but it seems to me that too often he takes the antithetical approach. An inversion will intrinsically carry the flaws of the original. It is also to his detriment that he speaks so often in absolutes on topics of superiority, race and gender. [...]

    13. Choice quote:If one adds to this the downright bestial dinner-drinking habits of the ancient and by no means only the ancient Germans one will also understand the origin of the German spirit -- disturbed intestines The German spirit is an indigestion, it can have done with nothing.

    14. Nothing substantial happens in 'Why I Am So Wise' until about page 50 due to Nietzsche's unrelenting arrogance.

    15. But the disparity between the greatness of my task and the smallness of my contemporaries has found expression in the fact that I have been neither heard nor even so much as seen.I live on my own credit, it is perhaps merely a prejudice that I am alive at all?… Philosophy, as I have hitherto understood and lived it, is a voluntary living in ice and high mountains – a seeking after everything strange and questionable in existence, all that has hitherto been excommunicated by morality. The man [...]

    16. This book is made up from Nietzsche's autobiography (anti-feminist, thought himself descended from Polish noblemen), maxims (witty), "The Four Great Errors" essay (The error of confusing cause and consequence, The error of a false causality, The error of imaginary causes, The error of free will - No wonder Christians didn't like him) and a poem (taken from Zarathustra).Why I Am So WiseWhy I Am So ClerverWhy do I Write Such Clever BooksWhy am I a DestinyMaxims and ArrowsThe Four Great ErrorsThe H [...]

    17. maximdelen herlighet. for øvre bruker Nietzsche sånn halve boka på å hate på tyskarane og på nazistane, noko som får meg til å hate systera hans endå meir

    18. Always interesting to read Nietzsche’s existential reasoning. This was one of his last writings. Concise and as thought-provoking as I expect of him.

    19. This short book contains a few of the best chapters of Nietzsche's book Ecce Homo and two chapters from Twilight of the Idols. But this book is a good read, whether it is your first try at reading Nietzche or just want a refresher. If you haven't read Nietzsche before his pomposity and boldness may jar you and his ideas may anger you, but ultimately his ideas will haunt you because even if they make you angry, they are hard to refute. In Ecce Homo, one of his later works, he presents a series of [...]

    20. "I have a subtler sense for signs of ascent and decline than any man has ever hadI know both, I am both.""I discovered life as it were anew, myself included, I tasted all good and even petty things in a way that others could not easily taste them -- I made out of my will to health, to life, my philosophy was in the years of my lowest vitality that I ceased to be a pessimist: the instinct for self-recovery forbade to me a philosophy of indigence and discouragementAnd in what does one really recog [...]

    21. This book is part of the "Great Ideas" series published by Penguin, and it is an abridgment of Nietzsche's book, Ecce Homo. It contains page after page of seemingly self-aggrandizing claims. For all I know, Nietzsche is being completely sincere in proclaiming his own greatness, but I cannot help but wonder if he was being deliberately ironic.For instance, Nietzsche is the man who wrote, "I know my fate. One day there will be associated with my name the recollection of something frightful - of a [...]

    22. I now actually own Ecce Homo, the book from which this essay is taken, but this was my introduction to Nietzche when I was fifteen or sixteen and it had a huge effect on my writing and thought at the time. I remember that I experimented with underlining passages and writing in comments, something that I rarely do with books to this day (a habit I have had to change for grad school. Underlining in pencil only, however). I remember that I had certain passages by rote because they stirred me so dee [...]

    23. In general, "Why I am so wise" is a great way to start (in case you haven't) getting in touch with Nietzsche's work, first of all by establishing a more adequate context from all that you probably 'have heard and known' about it. And his writing style and language used on his autobiography invites you to establish your own way to read him and to work on your own ideas and perspectives about his work and legacy. After that, it may be easier for you to decide what to read next, or even to decide i [...]

    24. On pg 44, Nietzsche writes: "I shall be asked why I have narrated these little things which according to the traditional judgement are matters of indifference". My immediate thought: "Yes, I been asking the same question since pg 1!" If this book hadn't been so slim, I probably would have given it up by this point. I'm glad I didn't because the book got so much better. Perhaps this thought jogs the author out of his musings about music, art, and even cooking towards what readers will really care [...]

    25. Super fun distillation of Nietzsche's autobiography 'Ecce Homo,' which I also read. Penguin put together I nice little cheap edition with a two-color letterpress cover in their 'Great Ideas' series. I'm thinking of using it in Fall instead of 'Ecce Homo,' Penguin's edition of his autobio, which I bought because of the Egon Schiele reproduction on the cover. Good to teach (I hope) because Nietzsche says much of what he said in his longer texts but concisely, and his humor is evident throughout. T [...]

    26. This book is the a gift to mankind, "the greatest gift that has ever been given it". So says the author, and I heartily agree. Everyone should be required to read some Nietzsche in school before the age of 18 they should have this book in the pews of every church across America they should have this in the night stand of every hotel room next to the Gideon Bible.But, it only gets four stars because it is just pieces and parts of greater works that should be read in entirety which I will, this su [...]

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