The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.
There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day.
Verily, a polluted stream is man. One must actually be a sea to take in a polluted stream without becoming impure. Behold, I teach you the superman: he is the this sea, in him can your great contempt go under.
Fathers have a lot to do to make up for having sons.
The great end of art is to strike the imagination with the power of a soul that refuses to admit defeat even in the midst of a collapsing world.
One should never know too precisely whom one has married
There are more idols than realities in the world: that is my "evil eye" for this world, which is also my "evil ear"..
Being human is a complicated gig. So give that ol' dark night of the soul a hug. Howl the eternal yes!
I wish to be at any time hereafter only a yea-sayer!
Life without music is no life at all.
To go on vegetating in cowardly dependence on physicians and machinations, after the meaning of life, the right to life, has been lost, that ought to prompt a profound contempt in society.
I am too inquisitive, too skeptical, too arrogant, to let myself be satisfied with an obvious and crass solution of things. God is such an obvious and crass solution; a solution which is a sheer indelicacy to us thinkers - at bottom He is really nothing but a coarse commandment against us: ye shall
Out of love, women become entirely what it is that they are in the imaginations of the men who love them.
Only you must have worthy foes hate, but not enemies worthy of contempt. You must be proud of your enemy.
O, what nowadays does science not conceal! How much, at least, it is meant to conceal!
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book. Friedrich Nietz
Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
Childhood and youth are ends in themselves, not stages.
Even today many educated people think that the victory of Christianity over Greek philosophy is a proof of the superior truth of the former - although in this case it was only the coarser and more violent that conquered the more spiritual and delicate. So far as superior truth is concerned, it is en
The perfect woman is a higher type of humanity than the perfect man, and also something much rarer. The natural history of animals furnishes grounds in support of this theory.
What convinces is not necessarily true-it is merely convincing: a note for asses.
That for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts
The reason adultery is immoral is that it might lead to marriage.
With the unknown, one is confronted with danger, discomfort, and care; the first instinct is to abolish these painful states. First principle: any explanation is better than none. . . . The causal instinct is thus conditional upon, and excited by, the feeling of fear. The "why?" shall, if at all pos
We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
Quidquid luce fuit tenebris agit: but also the other way around. What we experience in dreams, so long as we experience it frequently, is in the end just as much a part of the total economy of our soul as anything we "really" experience: because of it we are richer or poorer, are sensitive to one ne
One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.
Science rushes headlong, without selectivity, without "taste," at whatever is knowable, in the blind desire to know all at any cost.
Madness is the exception in individuals but the rule in groups.
This is the manner of noble souls: they do not want to have anything for nothing; least of all, life. Whoever is of the mob wants to live for nothing; we others, however, to whom life gave itself, we always think about what we might best give in return... One should not wish to enjoy where one does