Why I Am So Wise

Penguin Great Ideas

Friedrich Nietzsche - Author

R. J. Hollingdale - Translator

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ISBN 9781101651568 | 96 pages | 06 Sep 2005 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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One of the most iconoclastic thinkers of all time, Friedrich Nietzsche continues to challenge the boundaries of conventional religion and morality with his subversive theories of the 'superman', the individual will, the death of God and the triumph of an all-powerful human life force.


Seeing that I must shortly approach mankind with the heaviest demand that has ever been made on it, it seems to me indispensable to say who I am. This ought really to be known already: for I have not neglected to ‘bear witness' about myself. 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? ... I need only to talk with any of the 'cultured people' who come to the Ober-Engadin in the summer to convince myself that I am not alive . . . Under these circumstances there exists a duty against which my habit, even more the pride of my instincts revolts, namely to say: Listen to me! for I am thus and thus. Do not, above all, confound me with what I am not!

Why I am So Wise 1. Ecce Homo
How One Becomes What One Is

Why I am so Wise
Why I am So Clever
Why I Write Such Good Books
Why I am a Destiny

2. Twilight of the Idols
or How to Philosophize with a Hammer

Maxims and Arrows
The Four Great Errors
The Hammer Speaks