Saturday, August 18, 2007

Quote of the Day

I use iGoogle to get some basic news and info feeds and I subscribed to a quote of a day and, well, some of them are actually pretty good.

"Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal." - Leo Tolstoy

On a further note there are several Ernest Hemingway quotes that keep coming up and they are all quite lame.


Anonymous said...

What's your problem with Nietzsche? I think Leo Tolstoy displayed his ignorance and immaturity with that quotation, and his raging ego, thinking that his own frame of reference is the 'normal' one. And calling someone stupid, well, that speaks volumes. Why is it that Christians, North American Christians in particular, so often seem to think its okay to patronize and condescend those people who threaten them and don't fit into their own theological and philosophical and 'spiritual' frameworks? It is really amazing to hear how much people from different faiths, from different parts of the world, know about Christianity as well as their own religions, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, etc., and they don't seem too threatened by this. An Iraqi-born friend of mine values Christianity and Judism as much as he values Islam and the Qur'an. How are we ever all going to get along if we dump all over what others consider dear to them because perhaps we don't understand it or it frightens us? If we felt secure in what we believed, shouldn't we be able to look toward others' beliefs with an open mind? I'm sure Nietzsche valued his work and many others after him as well.

'I can only believe in a God who will dance.' - Nietzsche

And now, if that quotation was meant to be a joke, I'll feel like quite the ass...

Unknown said...

yah, i thought the quote was kind of funny. most of the ones that i get are supposed to be insightful or profound. i just started laughing when i read it.

Here is an older post re: my encounter with Nietzsche. I haven't had a chance to read much more.

Anti-Christ I

Ditto re: our need to be secure in our beliefs for helpful dialogue.