Quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche

We, however, want to become those we are—human beings who are new, unique, incomparable, who give themselves laws, who create themselves. To that end we must become the best learners and discoverers of everything that is lawful and necessary in the world: we must become physicists in order to be able to be creators in this sense—while hitherto all valuations and ideals have been based on ignorance of physics or were constructed so as to contradict it. Therefore: long live physics! And even more so that which compels us to turn to physics—our honesty!
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, pp. 563-564, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); The Gay Science, p. 266, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Vintage Books (1974). The Gay Science, first edition, "Fourth Book: Sanctus Januarius," aphorism 335 (1882).
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