Posts Tagged ‘Twilight of the Idols’

Iain M. Banks

“There is a saying that some foolish people believe: what does not kill you makes you stronger. I know for a fact, having seen the evidence — indeed often enough having been the cause of it — that what does not kill you can leave you maimed. Or crippled, or begging for death in one of those ghastly twilights experienced — and one has to hope that that is entirely not the right word — by those in a locked-in or persistent vegetative state. In my experience the same people also believe that everything happens for a reason. Given the unalleviatedly barbarous history of every world we have ever encountered with anything resembling Man on it, this is a statement of quite breathtakingly casual retrospective and ongoing cruelty, tantamount to the condonation of the most severe and unforgivable sadism.”

–“Tem” in Iain M. Banks’ Transition

(In the first sentence, Banks is referring to Nietzsche’s most idiotic aphorism: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” from Twilight of the Idols)


Friedrich Nietzsche


“[M]arriage, as we have said, cannot be founded on “love”–it is founded on sexual impulse, on the impulse to possess property (woman and child as property), on the impulse to rule , which constantly organizes for itself the smallest type of sovereignty (family), which needs children and heirs to maintain physiologically an acquired measure of power, influences and riches . . .”


–Friedrich Nietzsche, The Twilight of the Idols