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The Truth Is Not Out There Friedrich Nietzsche has perhaps been the most influential thinker of the 19th and 20th century When Nietzsche proclaimed God is dead it echoed around the whole world His most famous works include The Birth of Tragedy Ecce Homo Beyond Good and Evil Human All Too Human The Gay Science and A Genealogy of Morals in which he questions traditional thinking religion music rationality and irrationality culture and ultimately the morals of mankind Nietzsche as a man is a topic of debate for scholars everywhere Every thinker has his or her own Nietzsche as created by his letters writings and ultimately the manner of his downfall Nietzsches own view of himself is an even harder topic to grasp To Nietzsche rejection of truth which is tainted by society customs culture and religion was held sacred above all else He upheld this sacred ideal in all aspects of his life from his writings to even his descent into madness Nietzsche is most famous for his quote God is dead from The Gay Science which to many is a rejection of traditional and classical views regarding the way mans moral system works He rejects classic organized religion morals tradition and instead tried to focus on a more natural system of living ones life Nietzsche in his book Beyond Good and Evil quotes It is probable that we too have still our virtues although naturally they are not those sincere and massive virtues on account of which we hold our grandfathers in esteem and also at a little distance from us We Europeans of the day after tomorrow we firstlings of the twentieth century - with all our dangerous curiosity our multifarious ness and art of disguising our mellow and seemingly sweetened cruelty in sense and spirit - we shall presumably if we must have virtues have only those which have come to agreement with our secret and heartfelt inclinations with our most
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