Many writers are neither spirit nor wine, but rather spirits- of-wine: they can catch fire, and then they give off heat.
Artists may here have a more subtle scent: they know only too well that it is precisely when they cease to act 'voluntarily' and do everything of necessity that their feeling of freedom, subtlety, fullness of power, creative placing, disposing, shaping reaches its height - in short, that necessity a
The definition of morality: Morality is the idiosyncrasy of decadents having the hidden desire to revenge themselves upon life - and being successful.
All that philosophers have handled for millennia has been conceptual mummies; nothing actual has ever escaped from their hands alive.
We criticize a thinker more acutely when he advances a proposition that is disagreeable to us; and yet it would be more reasonableto do so when his proposition is agreeable to us.
Willing sets you free: that is the true doctrine of will and freedom--thus Zarathustra instructs you.
What is originality? To see something that has no name as yet and hence cannot be mentioned although it stares us all in the face. The way men usually are, it takes a name to make something visible for them.
Everyone carries within himself an image of womanliness derived from his mother: it is this that determines whether, on the whole,he will revere women, or despise them, or remain generally indifferent to them.
When Zarathustra was alone . . . he said to his heart: "Could it be possible! This old saint in the forest hath not yet heard of it, that God is dead!"
Socialism is the phantastic younger brother of despotism, which it wants to inherit. Socialism wants to have the fullness of state force which before only existed in despotism. ... However, it goes further than anything in the past because it aims at the formal destruction of the individual ... who
I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things:â€”then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love from henceforth!
Around the hero everything turns into a tragedy, around the demigod, a satyr-play, and around God--what? perhaps a "world"?
One must give value to their existence by behaving as if ones very existence were a work of art.
A lack of the historical sense is the hereditary fault of all philosophers.
How little is required for pleasure! The sound of a bagpipe - without music, life would be an error.
Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.
The machine is impersonal, it takes the pride away from a piece of work, the individual merits and defects that go along with allwork that is not done by a machine--which is to say, its little bit of humanity.
Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.
One must need to be strong, otherwise one will never become strong.
There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
I condemn Christianity; I bring against the Christian Church the most terrible of all accusations that an accuser has ever had in his mouth. It is, to me, the greatest of all imaginable corruptions; it seeks to work the ultimate corruption, the worse possible corruption. The Christian Church has lef
Many die too late, and some die too early. Yet strangers soundeth the precept: "Die at the right time!"
What a dissimilarity we see in walking, swimming, and flying. And yet it is one and the same motion: it is just that the load- bearing capacity of the earth differs from that of the water, and that that of the water differs from that of the air! Thus we should also learn to fly as thinkers--and not
Should not the giver be thankful that the receiver received? Is not giving a need? Is not receiving, mercy?
Inaction, letting be, neither creating nor destroying--that is my evil. And also the knower as one without desire.
Become who you are!
Merchant and pirate were for a long period one and the same person. Even today mercantile morality is really nothing but a refinement of piratical morality.
The quality of a marriage is proven by its ability to tolerate an occasional "exception.
I love him who seeks to create over and beyond himself and thus perishes.