There did he sit shrivelled in his chimney corner, fretting on account of his weak legs, world weary, will weary, and one day he suffocated through his excessive pity.
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.
One has to know the size of one's stomach.
The usual false conclusions of mankind are these: a thing exists, therefore it has a right to exist.
...throw roses into the abyss and say: 'here is my thanks to the monster who didn't succeed in swallowing me alive.
Everyone wants to be foremost in this future-and yet death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future! How strange that this sole thing that is certain and common to all, exercises almost no influence on men, and that they are the furthest from regarding
The individual has always to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.
When art dresses in worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art.
Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion.
When one gives up Christian belief one thereby deprives oneself of the right to Christian morality. For the latter is absolutely not self-evident: one must make this point clear again and again, in spite of English shallowpates.
Not joy is the mother of dissipation, but joylessness.
The doer alone learneth.
How much truth can a spirit bear, how much truth can a spirit dare? ... that became for me more and more the real measure of value.
This sign I give you: every people speaks its tongue of good and evil, which the neighbor does not understand. It has invented its own language of customs and rights.
History is nothing more than the belief in the senses, the belief in falsehood.
Mediocrity is the most effective mask a superior spirit can wear, because to the great majority, which is to say, to the mediocre,it will not suggest a disguise:--and yet it is precisely for their sake that he puts it on--so as not to arouse them, and, indeed, not infrequently to avoid this out of p
We take a fancy to something: and scarcely have we thoroughly taken a fancy to it when that tyrant in us calls out: "Give me thatin sacrifice"--and we give it.
I can be thrown by the wayside, but I'm looking at the stars.
If one considers how much reason every person has for anxiety and timid self-concealment, and how three-quarters of his energy and goodwill can be paralyzed and made unfruitful by it, one has to be very grateful to fashion
The refinement of morality increases together with the refinement of fear. Today the fear of disagreeable feelings in other people is almost the strongest of our own disagreeable feelings.
Your educators can only be your liberators.
What is Genius?- To aspire to a lofty aim and to will the means to that aim.
The perfect woman perpetrates literature as she perpetrates a small sin: as an experiment, in passing, glancing around to see whether anybody notices--and to make sure that somebody notices.
Everything in the world displeases me: but, above all, my displeasure in everything displeases me.
Only individuals have a sense of responsibility.
I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his 'divine service.'
Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'.
Be careful who you choose as your enemy because that's who you become most like.
I conjure you, my brethren, to remain faithful to earth, and do not believe those who speak unto you of super terrestrial hopes! Poisoners they are, whether they know it or not.
It is doubtful whether anyone who has travelled widely has found anywhere in the world regions more ugly than in the human face.