I am certain I would have even appreciated the homework in the back of the book. Aug 29, Bookeater rated it it was amazing. I don't usually reach for self-help books but after this one I certainly will!
Aug 16, Nishchay Mohan rated it it was amazing. Great Book. Oct 14, Diana M rated it did not like it. Sep 16, Mohsen rated it it was amazing. Reading Nietzsche's original text is kind of insane to me because it reminds me of why I should've been an illiterate man that can't read, write, or tap dance. The book is pretty much explanations and understandings of a Nietzschean text and then the actual text, but reading this is very warm and fuzzy compared to the dry and overly dramatic text. Very recommended.
Very cute. Not the best probably.
But still cute? This is the best review on this website. Jan 17, Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves: philosophy , non-fiction. I loved this book.
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Last year I took a whole course on Nietzsche and came away feeling distinctly confused, and rather ambivalent towards Nietzsche and his ideas. Yet this little page book has helped me see Nietzsche's key ideas in a clearer, more positive light. This book essentially condenses the vast mountain that is Nietzsche's work into tiny, key sections that elaborate on his most important ideas.
If you have ever read Nietzsche's essays, you'll know he can be very long winded, so Armstr I loved this book. If you have ever read Nietzsche's essays, you'll know he can be very long winded, so Armstrong has essentially done the work by picking out some short, key sections for us - that's not to say that you shouldn't bother reading Nietzsche properly for yourself, but as someone who has already read some of his work, I found this condensation helpful. The other thing this book helped me realize was that perhaps I had been taking Nietzsche too seriously. Nietzsche wants us to question everything.
He wants us to live life to the full and not be held back by convention. Apr 01, doreen rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction-philosophy.
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Having previously read a book from John Armstrong and enjoyed it immensely, I found myself sort of rushing unintentionally with this book--possibly because of the style of Nietzsche's writing is so prolix, and there are long passages of his writing that Armstrong uses to illustrate a point. I found it interesting, but not terribly engaging. I have yet to read any of Nietzsche's books in full, and I was hoping that this book would be a good 'appetiser' for me to delve further into his works.
Inst Having previously read a book from John Armstrong and enjoyed it immensely, I found myself sort of rushing unintentionally with this book--possibly because of the style of Nietzsche's writing is so prolix, and there are long passages of his writing that Armstrong uses to illustrate a point.
Instead, I feel that either I'm not ready for the task of reading Nietzsche, or perhaps I dislike his writing style and find him hard to read, as much as I hate to admit it. Still, there were quite a few things I found worth contemplation, and it was a quick read in the end, even if I had to reread a few passages just to try and get it to sink in.
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Jan 12, Tan Clare rated it liked it. I'm grateful for coming across this book. It has clarified for me the early appeal I had for Nietzschean philosophy during my tertiary years of education, though then I had not understood why. Turns out his ideas of self betterment through non-conformity, introspection of one's less than godly emotions e.
As Nietzsche had warned, this method does not win you favour and love from mates and compatriots. However if managed well, it does give you a healthy respect from both self and others. Aug 30, Doug Newdick rated it liked it Shelves: history-of-ideas , philosophy. A good if brief and necessarily superficial introduction to Nietzsche. As part of the school of life series, this book focuses on what lessons we can take from Nietzsce that are useful in living a good life, rather than fairly or comprehensively surveying his thought, and at this it does a good job.
With some intriguing takes on ideas such as "slave morality" and nobility, it has made me think about Nietzsche differently, and I will definitely look at his work again, through different eyes. I es A good if brief and necessarily superficial introduction to Nietzsche. I especially like Armstrong's notion of studying an author as "trying to make friends with them". Jun 29, Carlos Mueses rated it liked it.
They say that the value of a book depends on the time you find yourself in your life at the time you read it. This book falls somewhere in between for me. I feel the rating is closer to a 4 than a 3 but at times some chapters went over my head. I'll definitely revisit the reading in a few months and see if the book feels better or if I'm at the same place in my life There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed.
Self Help. But you cannot be helped towards your true happiness so long as you are bound by the chains of Opinion and of Fear. And how comfortless and unmeaning life is without this deliverance! There is no more desolate or outcast creature in nature than the man who has broken away from his true genius and does nothing but peer aimlessly about. There is no reason to attack, or criticise, such a man. He is a husk without a kernel; a painted cloth, tattered and sagging; a scarecrow ghost, that can rouse no fear, an certainly no pity.
Later generations will be greatly disgusted, when they look back at a period ruled by shadow-men projected on the screen of public opinion. To some far posterity our age may well be the darkest chapter of history, the most unknown because the least human. I have walked through the new streets of our cities, and thought how of all the dreadful houses that these gentlemen with their public opinion have built for themselves not a stone will remain in a hundred years.
And the opinions of these busy masons may well have fallen along with the buildings. Yet how full of hope should anyone be who feels they are not a citizen of this age! But someone who does not feel a citizen of this age might wish instead to bring to life a better time, and in that life themselves to live.
But even if the future offers us nothing to hope for, the wonderful fact of our existing at this present moment of time gives us the greatest encouragement to live after our own rule and measure.
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It is inexplicable that we should be living just today, though there has been an infinity of time in which we might have existed. We have to answer for our existence to ourselves and will therefore be our own true pilots, and not admit that our existence is random or pointless. One must take a bold and reckless way with the riddle [of life]; especially as the key is apt to be lost, however things turn out. Why cling to your bit of earth, or your little business, or listen to what your neighbour says? It is so provincial to bring oneself to views which are no longer binding a couple of hundred miles away.
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