One must learn to love.

This is what happens to us in music: first one has to learn to hear a figure and melody at all, to detect and distinguish it, to isolate it and delimit it as a separate life; then it requires some exertion and good will to tolerate it in spite of its strangeness, to be patient with its appearance and expression, and kindhearted about its oddityл

Finally there comes a moment when we are used to it, when we wait for it, when we sense that we should miss it if it were missing: and now it continues to compel and enchant us relentlessly until we have become its humble and enraptured lovers who desire nothing better from the world than it and only it.

But that is what happens to us not only in music: that is how we have learned to love all things that we now love.

In the end we are always rewarded for our good will, our patience, fairmindedness, and gentleness with what is strange; gradually, it sheds its veil and turns out to be a new and indescribable beauty: — that is its thanks for our hospitality.

Even those who love themselves will have learned it in this way: for there is no other way. Love, too, has to be learned.

The Gay Science

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, and philologist whose work has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history.

He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy.

He became the youngest ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869 at the age of 24.

Nietzsche resigned in 1879 due to health problems that plagued him most of his life; he completed much of his core writing in the following decade.

In 1889, at age 44, he suffered a collapse and afterward a complete loss of his mental faculties.

Nietzsche died in 1900.

Nietzsche was an early influence on the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Author Jack London wrote that he was more stimulated by Nietzsche than by any other writer.

Nietzsche has influenced philosophers such as Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Emil Cioran, Albert Camus, Ayn Rand.

Camus described Nietzsche as „the only artist to have derived the extreme consequences of an aesthetics of the absurd“.

Carl Jung was also influenced by Nietzsche. In Memories, Dreams, Reflections, a biography transcribed by his secretary, he cites Nietzsche as a large influence.