All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting.
My genius is in my nostrils.
We are all afraid of the truth.
Hold a true friend with both your hands.
There are no moral phenomena at all, but only a moral interpretation of phenomena.
With one more talent one frequently stands with greater instability than with one less, as a table stands better on three legs than on four.
Love is blind, friends close their eyes
The ascetic makes a necessity of virtue.
And many such good inventions are there, that they are like woman's breasts: useful at the same time, and pleasant.
Even great spirits have only their five-fingers' breadth of experience - just beyond it their thinking ceases and their endless empty space and stupidity begins.
These four, however, seek the freedom of their will at the very point where they are most securely chained. It is as if the silkworm sought freedom of will in spinning. What is the reason?
Those that achieve anything that looks beyond the vision and thinking of their peers provoke jealousy and hatred disguised as the ordinary.
Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises. Friedrich Nietzsch
Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 153
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
Madness is the result not of uncertainty but certainty.
Praise is more obtrusive than a reproach.
Men who think deeply appear to be comedians in their dealings with others because they always have to feign superficiality in order to be understood.
'God himself cannot exist without wise men' - Luther said, and was right. But 'God can exist even less without unwise men' - that good old Luther did not say.
Time, space, and causality are only metaphors of knowledge, with which we explain things to ourselves.
You gave him an opportunity of showing greatness of character and he did not seize it. He will never forgive you for that.
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
A sure way to irritate people and to put evil thoughts into their heads is to keep them waiting a long time. This makes them immoral.
Higher than "thou shalt" stands "I will" (the heroes), and higher than "I will" stands "I am" (the Greek gods).
War has always been the grand sagacity of every spirit which has grown too inward and too profound; its curative power lies even in the wounds one receives.
What good is all this free-thinking, modernity, and turncoat flexibility if at some gut level you are still a Christian, a Catholic, and even a priest!
Everything matters. Nothing's important.
But this word will I say to my enemies: What is all manslaughter in comparison with what you have done to me!
One who dresses in rags that have been washed clean dresses cleanly to be sure, but raggedly nonetheless.
The usual false conclusions of mankind are these: a thing exists, therefore it has a right to exist.