"Poetry is something in-between the dream and its interpretation."
"The optimistic nature finds joy in the very feeling for life; the pessimistic nature finds a feeling for life only in joy."
"What does not engage our feelings does not long engage our thoughts either."
"Should we not be moved rather than chilled by the knowledge that he might have attained his greatness only through his frailties?"
Quotes About Lou:
"All feminine frailties, and perhaps most human frailties, were foreign to her or had been conquered by her in the course of her life." – Sigmund Freud
[In her relationship with Rainer Maria Rilke] "Lou became his spine, his anchor in life." – Emma Brooks
[to Salome] "Our intellects and taste are deeply connected. ... I have never met anyone who knew how to derive objective insights from their experience, no one who understood how to pull so much from what they have learned." – Friedrich Nietzsche
"[Salome] may have seemed inhuman to some men because she announced the end of [her] relationships, which the man usually does. ... She said to Rilke, 'Now the passion is over, so the relationship is over', which was very unusual at that time." – Anaïs Nin
[to Salome] "After all, you an 'understander' par excellence" – Friedrich Nietzsche
"I have never met anyone who could derive so many objective insights from experience, who knows how to deduce so much from all she has learnt." - Friedrich Nietzsche
"Lou is keen as an eagle and brave as a lion" - Friedrich Nietzsche
"When I’m all alone, I often, very often, say [her] name aloud—to my very great pleasure!" - Friedrich Nietzsche
One of the greatest intellectuals of the 20th century, a published novelist, poet, essayist, and the first female psychoanalyst, Lou Andreas-Salomé, recounts her life to a young German scholar. Salolmé‘s ideas on personal freedom and the lifestyle she chose against all conventions spurred genius and passion in others, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Rée, Sigmund Freud and her lover, the poet Rainer Marie Rilke..