Nietzsche mountain

Happy Birthday to Friedrich Nietzsche, the philosopher king of embracing failure (“That which does not kill me makes me stronger.”) Alain de Botton’s “Consolations of Philosophy”, itself a pean to the embrace of failure, concludes with the final chapter examining Neiztche’s philosophy:

  • “We must learn to suffer whatever we cannot avoid. Our life is composed, like the harmony of the world, of discords as well as of different tones, sweet and harsh, sharp and flat, soft and loud. If a musician liked only some of them, what could he sing? He has got to know how to use all of them and blend them together. So too must we with good and ill, which are of one substance without our life.“