Friedrich Nietzsche – Cultivating Beauty/Opening Quote

HOPING TO USE AS OPENING QUOTE FOR MY BOOK “CULTIVATING BEAUTY”:

By Friedrich Nietzsche, from “The Birth of Tragedy, Out of the Spirit of Music”:

“[O]ut of the original Titanic divine order of terror, the Olympian divine order of joy gradually evolved through the Apollinian impulse toward beauty, just as roses burst from thorny bushes.  How else could this people, so sensitive, so vehement in its desires, so singularly capable of suffering, have endured existence, if it had not been revealed to them in their gods, surrounded with a higher glory?”

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  10. Kyrielee,

    My favorite quote from Nietzsche is “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” Thought I should share, since you may consider it to relevant to the cultivation of beauty….

    Best Regards,
    -Deo

            • Thank you! It must have been FCD ;0) I love it too because, although I do not plan to go too in depth about being bipolar in the book per se, I do plan in some manner to indicate the portions where I am clearly manic or depressed. My hope is that in doing so, I can encourage others’ understanding of the illness in a new light, with the greater distraction (storyline) being the coming of age story of a young women growing up in an American middle-class society, in addition to the inclusion of an untraditional love story inspiring hope, faith and belief in that which cannot be seen.

              But I do think this quote brings elements into the theory between cultivating beauty and the creativity inspired by being bipolar in a manner far greater than anything else I’ve ever read on the subject (which granted, is not that much…as I think I may have told you before, I am a very slow reader). That’s why I chose it to hopefully be my closing quote for the book. Not only to show my respect for great philosophical thinkers (Nietzsche, always having beeng my favorite), but also to shows the opposite side, the brighter side, of being able to ‘see’ the things that we see as persons who have the ability to extend past the traditional bounds of emotional capacity.

              So glad you liked it too ;0)

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