Without the perpetual counterfeiting of the universe by number, man could not continue to live
Ah, there are so many things betwixt heaven and earth of which only the poets have dreamed!
Faced with a world of "modern ideas" which would like to banish everyone into a corner and a "specialty," a philosopher, if there could be a philosopher these days, would be compelled to establish the greatness of mankind, the idea of "greatness," on the basis of his own particular extensive range a
Whoever has witnessed another's ideal becomes his inexorable judge and as it were his evil conscience.
You are treading the path to your greatness: no one shall follow you here! Your passage has effaced the path behind you, and above that path stands written: Impossibility.
Writers ought to be regarded as wrongdoers who deserve to be acquitted or pardoned only in the rarest cases: that would be a way to keep books from getting out of hand.
Historical refutation as the definitive refutation.- In former times, one sought to prove that there is no God - today one indicates how the belief that there is a God arose and how this belief acquired its weight and importance: a counter-proof that there is no God thereby becomes superfluous.- Whe
Light for some time to come will have to be called darkness.
Woman learns how to hate in proportion as she forgets how to charm.
Stupid as a man, say the women: cowardly as a woman, say the men. Stupidity in a woman is unwomanly.
Genuine historical knowledge requires nobility of character, a profound understanding of human existence - not detachment and objectivity.
Whoever no longer finds greatness in God no longer finds it anywhere--he must either deny it or create it.
Some men are born posthumously.
Curiosity creeps into the houses of the unfortunate and the needy under the name of duty or of pity.
Assuming that we have trained our imagination to denounce the past, we will not suffer much from unfulfilled wishes.
Scholarship has the same relationship to wisdom as righteousness has to holiness: it is cold and dry, it is loveless and knows nodeep feelings of inadequacy or longing.
Why couldn't the world that concerns us- be a fiction? And if somebody asked, 'but to be a fiction there surely belongs an author?'- couldn't one answer simply: 'Why? Doesn't this "belongs" perhaps belong to the fiction, too?'
If a man wishes to become a hero, then the serpent must first become a dragon: otherwise he lacks his proper enemy.
There is a lake that one day refused to flow away and threw up a dam at the place where it had before flowed out and since then this lake has always risen higher and higher. Perhaps the very act of renunciation provides us with the strength to bear it ; perhaps man will rise ever higher and higher w
In those days it was possible for a Greek to flee from an over-abundant reality as though it were but the tricky scheming off the imagination-and to flee, not like Plato into the land of eternal ideas, into the workshop off the world-creator, feasting one's eyes on the unblemished unbreakable archet
We are terrified by the idea of being terrified.
I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think.
Those with very loud voices in their throats are nearly incapable of thinking subtle thoughts.
Childhood and youth are ends in themselves, not stages.
The small force that it takes to launch a boat into the stream should not be confused with the force of the stream that carries it along: but this confusion appears in nearly all biographies.
Love forgives the lover even his lust.
There are two types of genius; one which above all begets and wants to beget, and another which prefers being fertilized and giving birth.
People who comprehend a thing to its very depths rarely stay faithful to it forever. For they have brought its depths into the light of day: and in the depths there is always much that is unpleasant to see.
For as long as they praise you, never forget that it is not yet your own path that you walk, but another person's.
A letter is an unannounced visit, the postman the agent of rude surprises. One ought to reserve an hour a week for receiving letters and afterwards take a bath.