If you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you

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He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you.

by Friedrich Nietzsche (15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900)
from Beyond Good and Evil (1886)
Aphorism 146
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4 Responses to “If you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    Hmm, very deep, very dark…

    But I’ve always seen Friedrich Nietzsche as that, so not surprising really…

    Thanks for sharing…

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    I guess the flip side would be a reminder to kick back and relax elsewhere, between “dragons.”

  3. tine Says:

    true! 🙂 nice one!

  4. E. A. Able Says:

    This is very silly of me, but after imagining what Nietzsche would do to take a break from “looking into the abyss,” I keep imagining him putting on a disguise and going, incognito, to an all-night zombie movie fest. I think he should go with Freud… and they’d joke that sometimes eating brainz is just eating brainz…