The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
Free will without fate is no more conceivable than spirit without matter, good without evil.
Many other such substitutes for war will be discovered, but perhaps precisely thereby it will become more and more obvious that such a highly cultivated and therefore necessarily enfeebled humanity as that of modern Europe not only needs wars, but the greatest and most terrible wars, consequently oc
Deception, flattering, lying, deluding, talking behind the back, putting up a false front, living in borrowed splendor, wearing a mask, hiding behind convention, playing a role for others and for oneself -- in short, a continuous fluttering around the solitary flame of vanity -- is so much the rule
Anything which is a living and not a dying body... will have to be an incarnate will to power, it will strive to grow, spread, seize, become predominant - not from any morality or immorality but because it is living and because life simply is will to power... 'Exploitation'... belongs to the essence
One must learn to be a sponge if one wants to be loved by hearts that overflow.
It is possible to imagine a society flushed with such a sense of power that it could afford to let its offenders go unpunished.
At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
Whoever commits to paper what he suffers becomes a melancholy author: but he becomes a serious author when he tells us what he suffered and why he now reposes in joy.
The coward does not know what it means to be alone: an enemy is always standing behind his chair.
And you tell me, friends, that there is no disputing taste and tasting? But all life is a dispute over taste and tasting!
That which intoxicates, the sensually ecstatic, the sudden surprise, the urge to be profoundly stirred at any price -- dreadful tendencies!
The great works are produced in such an ecstasy of love that they must always be unworthy of it, however great their worth otherwise.
Be generous in nature and thought; for this wins respect and gives confidence and power.
Life is an instinct for growth, for survival, for the accumulation of forces, for power.
To live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both - a philosopher.
That, however, is - mediocrity, though it be called moderation.
There is a certain right by which we many deprive a man of life, but none by which we may deprive him of death; this is mere cruelty.
Fall down seven times, stand up eight. - Chinese proverbWithout music, life would be a mistake.
Once spirit was God, then it became man, and now it is even becoming mob. Friedrich Nietz
What is originality? To see something that has no name as yet and hence cannot be mentioned although it stares us all in the face. The way men usually are, it takes a name to make something visible for them.
Sins are indispensable to every society organized on an ecclesiastical basis; they are the only reliable weapons of power; the priest lives upon sins; it is necessary to him that there be sinning.
The Christian church has left nothing untouched by its depravity; it has turned every value into worthlessness, and every truth into a lie
We are so fond of being out among nature, because it has no opinions about us.
We must understand how to hide in darkness in order to escape the gnat-swarms of utterly annoying admirers.
How much disgruntled heaviness, lameness, dampness, how much beer is there in the German intelligence.
The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.
Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.
Whoever thought that he had understood something of me had merely construed something out of me, after his own image.
It is obvious that all sense has gone out of modern marriage; which is, however, no objection to marriage but to modernity.