Giving styleâ€ to oneâ€™s character - a great and rare art! It is exercised by those who see all the strengths and weaknesses of their own natures and then comprehend them in an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason and even weakness delights the eye.
A little health now and again is the ailing person's best remedy.
Foolish is my happiness, and foolish things will it speak: it is still too youngâ€”so have patience with it!
[Heraclitus' language] dispenses with lightness and artificial decoration, foremost out of disgust for humanity and out of [his own] defiant feeling.
As soon as a religion comes to dominate it has as its opponents all those who would have been its first disciples.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
The gilded sheath of pity sometimes covers the dagger of envy.
Few are made for independence, it is the privilege of the strong.
The consequences of our actions take hold of us, quite indifferent to our claim that meanwhile we have 'improved.
A physician who treated me as a nervous case for a while said in the end "No! It is not a matter of your nerves; it is I who am nervous".
Not the intensity but the duration of high feelings makes high men.
We do not belong to those who only get their thought from books, or at the prompting of books, -- it is our custom to think in the open air, walking, leaping, climbing, or dancing on lonesome mountains by preference, or close to the sea, where even the paths become thoughtful.
This tremendous event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time; the light on the stars requires time; deeds though done, still require time to be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than the most distant st
I will make an attempt to attain freedom, the youthful soul says to itself; and is it to be hindered in this by the fact that two nations happen to hate and fight one another, or that two continents are separated by an ocean, or that all around it a religion is taught with did not yet exist a couple
One should not wish to enjoy where one does not give joy.
Every tradition grows continually more venerable, and the more remote its origins, the more this is lost sight of. The veneration paid the tradition accumulates from generation to generation, until it at last becomes holy and excites awe.
We want to be poets of our life first of all in the smallest most everyday matters.
That a person cannot and consequently will not defend himself, does not yet cast disgrace upon him in our eyes ; but we despise the person who has neither the ability nor the good will for revenge whether it be a man or a woman.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
No, life has not disappointed me. On the contrary, I find it truer, more desirable and mysterious every year -- ever since the day when the great liberator came to me: the idea that life could be an experiment of the seeker for knowledge -- and not a duty, not a calamity, not trickery.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
Each word of Heraclitus expresses the pride and the majesty of truth, but of truth grasped in intuitions rather than attained by the rope ladder of logic.
It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night. Friedrich Nietzsch
Compulsion precedes morality, indeed morality itself is compulsion for a time, to which one submits for the avoidance of pain.
There is nothing we like to communicate to others as much as the seal of secrecy together with what lies under it.
In a seriously intended intellectual emancipation a person's mute passions and cravings also hope to find their advantage.
We evaluate the services that anyone renders to us according to the value he puts on them, not according to the value they have for us.
Everyone becomes brave when he observes one who despairs.
The so-called paradoxes of an author, to which a reader takes exception, often exist not in the author's book at all, but rather in the reader's head.
It is certainly not the least charm of a theory that it is refutable.