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Greek/Friedrich Nietzsche quote translation


Jocko Field wrote at 2015-06-02 01:53:56
When I attended college & took Western Philosophy we were taught

that the translation of that particular phrase quoted by Nietzsche was: "That which does not kill me... strengthens me."

Maria wrote at 2015-06-04 19:00:24
To Jocko Field.

Please note that the German "...macht mich stärker" in "Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker" (Friedrich Nietzsche‘s Twilight of the Idols , Maxims and Arrows, number 8) means exactly :"...makes me stronger" as "macht" means "makes", "mich" means "me" and "stärker" is just a comparative meaning  "stronger".

So, "strengthens me" is correct, but does not correspond word for word to "...macht mich stärker".

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