Favourite Quotations from the Anti-Christ

I recently finished reading Nietzsche’s Anti-Christ, and my, oh-my, was it a great book! Granted, I only understood about half the book, and to top that embarrassment of,  had to look at the dictionary for half the words he used (thank god — sic — Kindle has a built-in dictionary), yet it was still a riveting read. I can’t remember the last time an atheist’s words were this memorable, beautiful, and powerful. Let me tell you, Nietzsche can throw a verbal barrage unlike no one I’ve ever read before. Below are some of my favourite quotes from the book in order:

1 – “The histories of saints present the most dubious variety of literature in existence; to examine them by the scientific method, in the entire absence of corroborative documents, seems to me to condemn the whole inquiry from the start – it is simply learned idling.

2 – “The ‘salvation of the soul’ in plain English: the world revolves around me.”

3 – “If any one were to show us this Christian God, we’d be still less inclined to believe in him.”

4 – “Such a religion as Christianity, which does not touch reality at a single point and which goes to pieces the moment reality asserts its rights at any point, must be inevitably the deadly enemy of the “wisdom of the world,” which is to say, of science — and it will give the name of good to whatever means serves to poison, calumniate and cry down all intellectual discipline, all lucidity and strictness in matters of intellectual conscience, and all noble coolness and freedom of mind.”

5 – “Man has had to fight for every atom of the truth, and has had to pay for it almost everything that the heart, that humans love, that human trust cling to.”

6 – “The fact that faith, under certain circumstances, may work for blessedness, but that this blessedness produced by an idee fixe by no means makes the idea itself true, and the fact that faith actually moves no mountains, but instead raises them up where there were none before: all this is made sufficiently clear by a walk through a mental asylum.”

7 – “Christianity remains to this day the greatest misfortune of humanity.”

8 – “Faith means the will to avoid knowing what is true.”

9 – “I condemn Christianity; I bring against the Christian church the most terrible of all accusations that an accuser has ever had in his mouth. It is, to me, the greatest of all imaginable corruptions; it seeks to work the ultimate corruption, the worst possible corruption. The Christian church has left nothing untouched by its depravity; it has turned every value into worthlessness, and every truth into a lie, and every integrity into baseness of soul.”

What’s your favourite quote? I can’t decide between 4 and 8.

15 thoughts on “Favourite Quotations from the Anti-Christ”

  1. “The ‘salvation of the soul’ in plain English: the world revolves around me.” So true.

    I bought the Will of Power at uni (hard cover, limited edition, cost me a fortune) and it literally took me 18 months to read it. Every sentence had to be read and re-read, over and over. Heavy going. Astonishing mind.

        1. You back there for a time? Or just visiting? I’m in the middle of the Basrawi desert so no luck finding myself in Brisbane anytime soon.

  2. Because of my nature, I’ll go with 9. There are so MANY Crispyuns in blogland alone that l’d gleefully write this on their foreheads..and in indelible ink too. .

  3. Indeed an awesome thinker. I recently read the first half of The Antichrist. From memory, somewhere around aphorism 26-28, was a several page indictment of the priesthood which I really enjoyed, I don’t have the book handy to look it up.

    1. Yes, his indicts against the priesthood are indeed the highlight of this book. I’ll have to reread it again, there is just so much to take in!

  4. You atheists have it all wrong. Is that okay? May I call you atheists? You must look deep into your hearts. Anyways, this guy is a genius, but this analogy may help you understand him better:

    Allegorical sayings(yes this is an analogy within an analogy). The bible is full of analogies which strengthen not only our reactions to everyday life, but also our love. Don’t take it literally… but then again you cannot take what Nietzsche says seriously either.

    The truth is, both Christ and your Anti-Christ are preaching the same thing:
    Infinite love. And it does exist, you just have to look deep into your heart.

    Your Welcome…

  5. Reading this bombast from Nietzsche reminded me of Shakespeare’s words: “…it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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