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CAIRO – October 2017: “He who has a why to live for can bear almost anyhow.” ―
Born in 1844, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher who dedicated his life to studying and writing about good, evil and human morality. His work influenced many of the greatest minds that came later on in the 20th century, such as Michel Foucault and Albert Camus. Nietzsche produced many great philosophical works, such as “Beyond Good and Evil” and “Human, All Too Human”. His most famous book is “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, according to Biography’s website.
In this quote, Nietzsche is trying to convey that if one has a purpose to live for, he/she can go through the hardest difficulties of life no matter what they are. Affirming that if we know why we are alive, it will be a lot easier to handle how to live.
Fun facts: ● Nietzsche was a close friend of famous German musician Richard Wagner. In fact, his first book “The Birth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Music” (1872) was heavily influenced by Wagner’s music.
● Unfortunately, Nietzsche’s mental and physical state deteriorated towards the end of his life. He suffered from dementia and went to live in the care of his mother and later on with his sister until he died in 1900, according to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Another quote for the road: “Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”