Anyone can achieve their fullest potential, who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can't be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.— Martin Heidegger
The most empowering Martin Heidegger quotes that are glad to read
Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology, whether we passionately affirm or deny it. But we are delivered over to it in the worst possible way when we regard it as something neutral; for this conception of it, to which today we particularly like to do homage, makes us utterly blind to the essence of technology.
Transcendence constitutes selfhood.
Tell me how you read and I'll tell you who you are.
The human being is not the lord of beings, but the shepherd of Being.
To be a poet in a destitute time means: to attend, singing, to the trace of the fugitive gods. This is why the poet in the time of the world's night utters the holy.
In no way can it be uttered, as can other things, which one can learn.
Rather, from out of a full, co-existential dwelling with the thing itself - as when a spark, leaping from the fire, flares into light - so it happens, suddenly, in the soul, there to grow, alone with itself.
I know that everything essential and great originated from the fact that the human being had a homeland and was rooted in tradition.
The small are always dependent on the great;
they are "small" precisely because they think they are independent. The great thinker is one who can hear what is greatest in the work of other "greats" and who can transform it in an original manner.
Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.
Nietzsche ... does not shy from conscious exaggeration and one-sided formulations of his thought, believing that in this way he can most clearly set in relief what in his vision and in his inquiry is different from the run-of-the-mill.
Thus "phenomenology" means αποφαινεσθαι τα φαινομενα -- to let that which shows itself be seen from itself in the very way in which it shows itself from itself.
In Nietzsche's view nihilism is not a Weltanschauung that occurs at some time and place or another; it is rather the basic character of what happens in Occidental history.
Pessimism negates the existing world.
Yet its negating is ambiguous. It can simply will decay and nothingness, but it can also renounce what exists and thus open a path for a new formation of the world.
Philosophy will not be able to effect an immediate transformation of the present condition of the world. This is not only true of philosophy, but of all merely human thought and endeavor.
From our human experience and history, at least as far as I am informed, I know that everything essential and great has only emerged when human beings had a home and were rooted in a tradition. Today's literature is, for instance, largely destructive.
In everything well known something worthy of thought still lurks.
A man's first bond is that which ties him into the national community.
What seems natural to us is probably just something familiar in a long tradition that has forgotten the unfamiliar source from which it arose. And yet this unfamiliar source once struck man as strange and caused him to think and to wonder.
he who thinks great thoughts often makes great errors
What was Aristotle’s life?’ Well, the answer lay in a single sentence: ‘He was born, he thought, he died.’ And all the rest is pure anecdote.
What is peddled about nowadays as philosophy, especially that of N.
S. [National Socialism], but has nothing to do with the inner truth and greatness of that movement [namely the encounter between global technology and modern humanity] is nothing but fishing in that troubled sea of values and totalities.
There is no such thing as an empty word, only one that is worn out yet remains full.
The poets are in the vanguard of a changed conception of Being.
And so man, as existing transcendence abounding in and surpassing toward possibilities, is a creature of distance. Only through the primordial distances he establishes toward all being in his transcendence does a true nearness to things flourish in him.
Temporality temporalizes as a future which makes present in the process of having been.
The relation of feeling toward art and its bringing-forth can be one of production or one of reception and enjoyment.
Dasein is a being that does not simply occur among other beings.
Rather it is ontically distinguished by the fact that in its being this being is concerned about its very being. Thus it is constitutive of the being of Dasein to have, in its very being, a relation of being to this being.
This characteristic of Dasein's being this "that it is" is veiled in its "whence" and "whither.
Time-space as commonly understood, in the sense of the distance measured between two time-points, is the result of time calculation.
A giving which gives only its gift, but in the giving holds itself back and withdraws, such a giving we call sending.
The critique of the highest values hitherto does not simply refute them or declare them invalid. It is rather a matter of displaying their origins as impositions which must affirm precisely what ought to be negated by the values established.
Form displays the relation [to beings] itself as the state of original comportment toward beings, the festive state in which the being itself in its essence is celebrated and thus for the first time placed in the open.
Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.
Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.
True time is four-dimensional.
Nothing is everything that doesn't happen at this very moment.
We would like only, for once, to get to where we are already.
In the work of art the truth of an entity has set itself to work.
‘To set’ means here: to bring to a stand. Some particular entity, a pair of peasant shoes, comes in the work to stand in the light of its being. The being of the being comes into the steadiness of its shining. The nature of art would then be this: the truth of being setting itself to work.
In order to remain silent Da-sein must have something to say.
Profound boredom, drifting here and there in the abysses of our existence like a muffling fog, removes all things and men and oneself along with it into a remarkable indifference. This boredom reveals being as a whole.
The domination of the public way in which things have been interpreted has already decided upon even the possibilities of being attuned, that is, about the basic way in which Da-sein lets itself be affected by the world. The they prescribes that attunement, it determines what and how one "sees.
Language is the house of Being. In its home man dwells. Those who think and those who create with words are the guardians of this home.
The will to mastery becomes all the more urgent the more technology threatens to slip from human control
Longing is the agony of the nearness of the distant.
Language is the house of the truth of Being.
How one encounters reality is a choice.
Nevertheless, the ultimate business of philosophy is to preserve the force of the most elemental words in which Dasein expresses itself, and to keep the common understanding from levelling them off to that unintelligibility which functions in turn as a source of pseudo-problems.