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The Philosophy of Nietzsche: An Introduction by Alain de Botton

Friedrich Nietzsche believed that all varieties of suffering and failure were to be welcomed by anyone seeking happiness. We should regard them as tough challenges to be overcome in the same way as a climber might tackle a mountain.

It should come as no surprise then, that Nietzsche is the one who first said, that which does not kill me, makes me stronger. (update: Walter Kaufmann, the editor of the Viking Portable Nietzsche, states in a footnote that the statement, “that which does not kill me, makes me stronger,” is a Roman proverb.)

Don’t talk about giftedness or inborn talents, one can name all kinds of very great people who are not very gifted, they acquired greatness, they became geniuses, and they did so by overcoming difficulties.

Still Curious? Check out Beyond Good and Evil and The Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ: or How to Philosophize with a Hammer.

(H/T OpenCulture)