Nietzsche – “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

I have found music, blog-wise, quite polarizing, because people like what they like. Which is fine.

Plus I’m an absolute novice in creating music !

Anyway – I like this quote, so sharing for you.

‘What trifles constitute happiness! The sound of a bagpipe. Without music life would be a mistake. The German imagines even God as a songster.’


OR Sometimes expressed simply as:


‘Without music, life would be a mistake.’


– F. Nietzsche (Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer)


I’m not widely read on Nietzsche, so don’t know if these quotes are correct (exactly), please feel free to correct me in the comments if you’re better read than I.


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13 thoughts on “Nietzsche – “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

    1. Good vibrations ? I think music can take us out of our head, out of our thinking, and fair to say a lot of music I do love …. But don’t forget some people’s music would be art, photography, writing, reading, cooking or something else. God gave us all something slightly different, one’s art is one’s art 🙂

      1. Oh yes, totally agree 😊 I was thinking more along that music is vibration, movement, and all life/activity, has movement, and therefore is a form of music – playing with children, laughter, the arts. We do all have our different music of life, so much agree ❤️

  1. A few years ago there was a study indicating that the fabric of the universe can be played as music. That if you scaled solar activity (novas and such) that it has a tune.

    I recall it sparked a debate about objectivity in music and so forth. And it is a fascinating question. Myself, I can see allure in most any genre of music. And I have a selection of songs from most I can name as favourites.

    But I tend toward heavy beats, Metal, Rock, and Classical, and sometimes Folk and Neofolk.

  2. One could say that taste in music is much like tastes in alcohol but, that is a poor comparison. Music is frequency and so are humans so, one could infer frequency matches but, that would be too simplistic. Even our Earth has her Schumann Resonance.

    Eh. One man’s tune is another man’s noise. Eye of the beholder, ear of the listener? 🤔🤨😊😎

  3. I read Nietzsche a very long time ago. Who remembers now 😂. But I will say, music is a real mood changer or amplifier depending on the mood and the music. At this time, the whole world really needs some happy music.

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