Day two of the three day quote challenge is here … these are probably my favorite quotes out of the nine, although I like all of them quite a lot. There is another one from Nietzsche today, and there will be another from Emerson tomorrow. Friedrich Nietzsche is someone who fascinates me. He wasn’t the Nazi that he was made out to be – having lived and died almost 20 years before the Nazi party was founded – his sister, a Nazi sympathizer who also had control over Nietzsche’s works after he died, reworded his works so that they would support / justify Nazi goals (touching briefly on the theme of misdirection used by those who would spread hate, as I wrote about the other day). As it is, Nietzsche, who died stateless (and in firm denial of having German blood in his veins), once fired a publisher who voiced anti-semitic notions. His concept of the Übermensch was not based on race at all; but rather on a group of people who would come to present a solution to humankind’s problem of how to arrive at new values after it was realized that ‘God’ (or more appropriately, the religious dogma Nietzsche saw as thrown down by science and logic) was dead. I don’t agree with everything from Nietzsche (or any other person, for that matter); but I do appreciate some of his insights … he serves as a reminder for me that there is usually more than just one side to anyone’s story.
That all having been said, here are the three quotes for today:
“Wisdom begins in wonder.” – Socrates
“There are no facts, only interpretations.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
As for the three bloggers I would like to invite to take this challenge today, they are: