Nietzsche And Stress—Part 3

by Doc Orman, M.D.

Nietzche And Stress Part 3

Today, I’ll be sharing a third and final helping of quotes with you from the German-born philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900).  These are quotes I find particularly interesting and that either directly or indirectly relate to our modern-day stress.

Nietzsche Quotes

Here are five more Nietzsche quotes (plus two bonus quotes) to go along with the ten Nietzsche quotes I shared with you in my first two blog posts this week:

Nietzsche And Stress—Part 1

Nietzsche And Stress—Part 2

“All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down.” 

Yes, I know this feeling.  Only sometimes you can pour your heart and soul out on paper and the effect is just like spitting in the ocean.  There is so much information being sent out daily into the world today, so many voices trying to be heard, that few get noticed, and even those who do often don’t make much of an impact.  Oh well, gotta dream though, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading these words right now.

“Only idiots fail to contradict themselves three times a day.”  

This has been a consistent theme of Nietzsche’s quotes for all three days now.  And I believe it has much to do with why we have loads of stress in our lives.  When you think your beliefs are truer than they really are, when you think your opinions are so much better than other people’s, and when you think your strategies for being successful in life are the cat’s meow, you’re “cruising for a bruising.”  Far wiser to assume that you don’t really know much at all about life and that there are wonderful surprises awaiting you every day.  You just have to be open to discover them and take full advantage.

“Invisible threads are the strongest ties.”  

One of the most powerful things I’ve learned about stress during the past 30 years is that the real action lies in the invisible, not the visible.  Most people today focus mainly on the obvious causes of their stress.  And they fail to recognize the invisible causes—namely the thought patterns and behavior patterns within themselves that are almost always contributing to their problems and stress in life.

Much of this blog is devoted to helping you recognize some of what I call the “hidden causes” of stress.  And each of the books I have published has this as its goal as well (see link to my Kindle books below).

“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”  

There is indeed a great deal of natural knowing and wisdom that accumulates in our bodies as we go through life.  This is perhaps the source of much of our intuitive and creative abilities.  There is also a good bit of non-wisdom or incorrect knowledge that gets stored in our bodies as well.  The is the source of many of the “hidden causes” of stress that I mentioned above.  And I believe it’s important to recognize these as bodily causes of stress and not mental phenomena that can be easily eliminated.

“There is an innocence in admiration: it occurs in one who has not yet realized that they might one day be admired.”  

I’ll have to take Nietzsche’s word for this.  I’m sure it’s true however, like with many other things in life which we crave so dearly—when we finally achieve them we are often surprised to find out they can be quite stressful.

Two Bonus Quotes 

To close out this week’s glimpse at just a few of Nietzsche’s most notable quotes, I’ve added these two bonus selections as parting gifts for you to ponder.

“Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions.” 

“What is the truth, but a lie agreed upon.”  

Thanks for allowing me to share these quotes (and my thoughts about them) with you throughout this week.  I have no idea what I’m going to share with you next week, but I’ll probably take a walk this weekend and I should get a pretty clear idea.

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Kenton Cowdry June 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Hi Doc,

I believe my favorite quote of the 15 is “Invisible threads are the strongest ties.” – and believing makes it so.

Keep spitting in the ocean.



Doc Orman, M.D. June 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Kenton: Thanks for the encouragement. Great to know which quote you liked the best.


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