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.
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.
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.
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.
A man's first bond is that which ties him into the national community.
In everything well known something worthy of thought still lurks.
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 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.
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.
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.
Time-space as commonly understood, in the sense of the distance measured between two time-points, is the result of time calculation.
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.
Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.
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.
A giving which gives only its gift, but in the giving holds itself back and withdraws, such a giving we call sending.
Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.
truth is that which makes a people certain, clear, and strong.
The senses do not enable us to cognize any entity in its Being;
they merely serve to announce the ways in which 'external' Things within-the-world are useful or harmful for human creatures encumbered with bodies....they tell us nothing about entities in their Being.
The question concerning technology is the question concerning the constellation in which revealing and concealing, in which the coming to presence of truth, comes to pass
To dwell is to garden.
Teaching is more difficult than learning because what teaching calls for is this: to let learn. The real teacher, in fact, lets nothing else be learned than learning. His conduct, therefore, often produces the impression that we properly learn nothing from him, if by "learning" we now suddenly understand merely the procurement of useful information.
Celebration... is self restraint, is attentiveness, is questioning, is meditating, is awaiting, is the step over into the more wakeful glimpse of the wonder - the wonder that a world is worlding around us at all, that there are beings rather than nothing, that things are and we ourselves are in their midst, that we ourselves are and yet barely know who we are, and barely know that we do not know all this.
To think is to confine yourself to a single thought that one day stands still like a star in the world's sky.
We make a space inside ourselves, so that being can speak.
If in Nietzsche's thinking the prior tradition of Western thought is gathered and completed in a decisive respect, then the confrontation with Nietzsche becomes one with all Western thought hitherto.
We still by no means think decisively enough about the essence of action.
But what is great can only begin great.
We do not "have" a body; rather, we "are" bodily.
We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny.
The relationship between man and space is none other than dwelling, strictly thought and spoken.