A prominent 19th-century German philosopher whom Alain de Botton frequently quotes throughout his book. He argued that travel can be valuable because it allows people to learn information that they can use to enrich their own lives, rejected the notion that painters can ever merely reproduce the world exactly as it is, and appreciated Xavier de Maistre’s ability to “make much of little.”
Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes in The Art of Travel
The The Art of Travel quotes below are all either spoken by Friedrich Nietzsche or refer to Friedrich Nietzsche. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Art of Travel published in 2002.).
Chapter 4 Quotes
Chapter 7 Quotes
‘Completely true to nature!’—what a lie:
How could nature ever be constrained into a picture?
The smallest bit of nature is infinite!
And so he paints what he likes about it.
And what does he like? He likes what he can paint!
Friedrich Nietzsche Character Timeline in The Art of Travel
The timeline below shows where the character Friedrich Nietzsche appears in The Art of Travel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: On Curiosity
...he finds irrelevant. His learning only matters if it is “life-enhancing.” But German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche actually found this kind of learning more important than “sterile” factual quests for science. Nietzsche... (full context)
Chapter 7: On Eye-Opening Art
...features to highlight and disregard, for no painting can capture the entirety of reality, as Nietzsche knew all too well: “‘Completely true to nature’—what a lie: / How could nature ever... (full context)
Chapter 9: On Habit