Amor Fati

Literary Tattoos: Friedrich Nietzsche

This belongs to Heather Reizner.

My tattoo was done by Zack Stuka at Deluxe Tattoo in Chicago.

Amor fati is a Latin phrase that loosely translates to “love of fate” or “love of one’s fate”. It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, as good. That is, one feels that everything that happens is destiny’s way of reaching its ultimate purpose, and so should be considered good. Moreover, it is characterized by an acceptance of the events that occur in one’s life.

The phrase is used repeatedly in Nietzsche’s writingsLiterary Tattoos: Friedrich Nietzsche -

“I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer.”

Literary Tattoos: Friedrich Nietzsche

This belongs to Ron.

I have been reading Nietzsche for years, studying his ideas on self-overcoming and self-transformation. That’s why my amor fati tattoo is something that means a lot to me. It represents an outlook on life that certainly does not come easy. Point of fact, it is just as much a personal goal as it is a declaration of my world view.

From Wikipedia:

Amor fati is a Latin phrase coined by Nietzsche loosely translating to “love of fate” or “love of one’s fate”. It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, as good. Moreover, it is characterized by an acceptance of the events or situations that occur in one’s life.