Thus Spoke Zarathustra

by Friedrich Nietzsche | Modern Library © 1995 · 368 pages

Nietzsche was said to deliver his philosophy with a hammer and this book definitely nails his disdain for conditioning and conformity. In the Note, we'll take a peek at some really Big Ideas including the fact that our worst enemy is often inside our own heads, that sometimes we need to push ourselves to discover just how far we can go, and how we’ve gotta be willing to go into the depths of our being if we want to fly.

“But by my love and hope I beseech you: do not throw away the hero in your soul! Hold holy your highest hope!”

~ Friedrich Nietzsche from Thus Spoke Zarathustra

You ready for some Nietzsche?

Let’s start with how you say the guy’s name shall we? You can pronounce “Nietzsche” either “knee-chee” or “knee-cha.” (I prefer the latter… sounds cooler, don’t you think? ;)

With that behind us, be warned: the man, as they say, delivers his philosophy with a hammer. As Walter Kaufmann brilliantly articulates in the foreword, Nietzsche “is a dedicated enemy of all convention, intent on exposing the stupidity and arbitrariness of custom.”

In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, we meet the enlightened hero, Zarathustra, who has come down from the mountaintop to deliver a series of scathing rants on everything from his famous proclamation that ‘God is dead!’ to admonitions to forget loving thy neighbor and instead learn to love the farthest.

It’s written in a mock-Biblical style and features Nietzsche’s undying commitment to our potential. If you’re new to Nietzsche and thinking about reading the book, you’ll definitely want a quiet space to read but don’t be intimidated. Once you get into it, it flows. For now, let’s jump in to one of my favorite classics. I think you’ll dig the incredible Big Ideas I mined for us. :)

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Friedrich Nietzsche

German philosopher