Nietzsche in Quotations: Victory, Laughter, and Liberation

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Nietzsche in Quotations: Victory, Laughter, and Liberation
Additional Commentary by Zigmund Reichenbach
After a great victory. -- What is best about a great victory is that it rids the victor of fear of defeat.  “Why not also lose for once?” he says to himself; “now I am rich enough for that.”

Commentary: To all those sporting competitors out there --  does this quotation not the epitomize what it means to win?  Does great success not make us indifferent to small loss?  Indeed it is likely the case, as Nietzsche correctly notes, that being triumphant makes us appreciate loss as both a novelty and a generous opportunity to give lesser opponents the chance to enjoy thrill of victory.

Laughter. -- Laughter means: being schadenfroh*, but with a good conscience.

Commentary: schadenfroh literally means to take pleasure in another’s pain.  So to put this quote in context what Nietzsche is saying in this : laughter is a delightfully sinister thing.

Think about it.  When we laugh we usually laugh because of our superiority over others -- we laugh because we find someone or something foolish.  This explains why so many watch videos of people doing dumb things -- we take pleasure in acknowledging our superiority over others.

Thorough.”-- Those slow in knowledge suppose that slowness belongs to knowledge.

Commentary: Nietzsche was making this comment in reference to academia -- no other place on planet Earth harbors such a dangerous resistance to progress and free thinking.

What is the seal of attained freedom? -- No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.

Of all our quotations this is the most profound.  What Nietzsche seems to mean here is substantial -- true freedom, in Nietzsche’s estimation, is when we’re able to accept ourselves for who we are without shame or guilt.  And that takes time.  Because as humans we have to admit that life is full of shame -- or at the very least it should.