He who laughs best today, will also laughs last.
Learn to laugh at yourselves as one must laugh!
People who, out of an inborn moderation, leave every glass standing only half-emptied refuse to admit that everything in the world has its sediments and dregs.
In every form of womanly love something of motherly love also comes to light.
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
It's not the intensity of the man, but the duration of his intensity that makes the man great.
Once blasphemy again God was the greatest blasphemy; but God died, and thereupon those blasphemers died too.
The ability to suffer is a small matter - weak women and even slaves can acheive virtuosity in that.
Once and for all, there are many things I choose not to know.--Wisdom sets limits even to knowledge.
As long as you still experience the stars as something "above you", you lack the eye of knowledge.
I too have been in the underworld, as was Odysseus, and I will often be there again; not only sheep have I sacrificed so as to beable to speak with a few dead souls, but neither have I spared my own blood as well.
One must give value to their existence by behaving as if ones very existence were a work of art.
Books and drafts mean something quite different for different thinkers. One collects in a book the lights he was able to steal and carry home swiftly out of the rays of some insight that suddenly dawned on him, while another thinker offers us nothing but shadows - images in black and grey of what ha
The greatest events-they are not our loudest but our stillest hours.
What we experience in dreams - assuming that we experience it often - belongs in the end just as much to the over-all economy of our soul as anything experienced "actually": we are richer or poorer on account of it.
Whoever is related to me in the height of his aspirations will experience veritable ecstasies of learning; for I come from heights that no bird ever reached in its flight, I know abysses into which no foot ever strayed.
We feign pity when we want to demonstrate our ascendancy over feelings of hostility: but usually in vain. Whenever we notice this,there is an accompanying surge in those hostile sensations.
For those who need consolation no means of consolation is so effective as the assertion that in their case no consolation is possible: it implies so great a degree of distinction that they at once hold up their heads again.
Because men really respect only that which was founded of old and has developed slowly, he who wants to live on after his death must take care not only of his posterity but even more of his past.
I obviously do everything to be "hard to understand" myself
In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
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.
Do you want to have an easy life? Then always stay with the herd and lose yourself in the herd.
The doer is merely a fiction added to the deed ? the deed is everything.
In heaven, all the interesting people are missing. Friedrich Nietzsch
Little prigs and three-quarter madmen may have the conceit that the laws of nature are constantly broken for their sakes.
Ah, there are so many things betwixt heaven and earth of which only the poets have dreamed!
"State," I call it, where they all drink poison, the good and the wicked; "state," where they all lose themselves, the good and the wicked; "state," where they all call their slow suicide-"life."
Ultimately, no one can extract from things, books included, more than he already knows.