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Posted by Bruce Kahl on July 05, 2001

In Reply to: Phrase posted by Mary on July 05, 2001

: I would like to know if the expresion "that which doesn't kill us only makes us stronger" is latin, and if so what is the latin for it?

Your phrase is an aphorism from "Why I am So Wise" by Friedrich Nietzsche who was born in 1844. Many consider him to be an early Nazi. Hitler et al really liked his writings.

"Now, how are we to recognize Nature's most excellent human products? They are recognized by the fact that an excellent man of this sort gladdens our senses; he is carved from a single block, which is hard, sweet, and fragrant. He enjoys only what is good for him; his pleasure, his desire, ceases when the limits of what is good for him are overstepped. He divines remedies against injuries; he knows how to turn serious accidents to his own advantage; whatever does not kill him makes him stronger. He instinctively gathers his material from all he sees, hears, and experiences."