Quotes By Lou Andreas-Salomé:

  • "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

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