Nietzsche’s magnum opus Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None has been described as “the deepest ever written”. This book by the esoteric German philosopher opposes the Christian and Jewish morals, values and traditions. It is quite ironical that Nietzsche mimics the Bible style while revealing his concept of ‘overman’ or superman through the prophet Zarathustra.
One must have a chaos inside oneself to give birth to a dancing star.
Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood. Write with blood, and thou wilt find that blood is spirit
Ah, where have gone all my goodness and all my shame and all my belief in the good! Ah, where is the lying innocence which I once possessed, the innocence of the good and of their noble lies!
Too oft, verily, did I follow close to the heels of truth: then did it kick me on the face. Sometimes I meant to lie, and behold! then only did I hit— the truth.
The above quotes confirm Nietzsche’s nihilism, but according to several scholars this is a positive kind of nihilism. The French Nobel Laureate Camus remarks that the Nietzschean nihilism is positive and inspiring.
Brian Leiter raises the question weather Nietzsche was a mysogynistic Nazi-supporter, or an artistic visionary who sought to set us free from our moralistic chains. “Like Hume, he thought that none of our beliefs are rationally justified. So, why believe in morality—or causation for that matter---if neither has rational foundation?”
Gianni Vattimo in his latest Book Dialogue with Nietzsche (2006) regards Nietzsche as a constructive philosopher whose work is “charged with meaning for the future” .