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.
Art is the proper task of life.
The higher man is distinguished from the lower by his fearlessness and his readiness to challenge misfortune.
Everything which distinguishes man from the animals depends upon this ability to volatilize perceptual metaphors in a schema, and thus to dissolve an image into a concept.
Such a man as instinctively feeds on pure ambrosia and leaves alone the indigestible in things.
Many find their heart when they have lost their head.
No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
To the mediocre, mediocrity is a form of happiness.
Those who show pity and are always ready to help during times of trouble are seldom the same ones who rejoice in our joy: when others are happy they have nothing to do, they become superfluous and lose their feeling of superiority, and so they easily show their displeasure.
There would be no sunshine in society if the born flatterers, I mean the so-called amiable people, did not bring it in with them.
Christianity is religion for the executioner.
The English are the people of consummate cant.
We ought to fear a man who hates himself, for we are at risk of becoming victims of his anger and revenge. Let us then try to lure him into self-love.
Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute belongs to pathology.
As soon as we climb higher than those who had at one time admired us, we appear to them as though we have sunken and fallen down:for, in any event, they had at one time supposed that they were with us (even if it were through us) on the heights.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
What have we in common with the rosebud, which trembles because a drop of dew is lying upon it?
How little is required for pleasure! The sound of a bagpipe - without music, life would be an error.
We labour at our daily work more ardently and thoughtlessly than is necessary to sustain our life because it is even more necessary not to have leisure to stop and think. Haste is universal because everyone is in flight from himself.
We pay dearly for immortality: we die for it more than once during our lifetimes.
How difficult it is to live when one feels that the judgment of many millenniums is around one and against one.
One is honest about oneself either with a sense of shame or with vanity.
There still shines the most important nuance by virtue of which the noble felt themselves to be men of a higher rank. They designate themselves simply by their superiority in power (as "the powerful," "the masters," "the commanders") or by the most clearly visible signs of this superiority, for exam
The usual false conclusions of mankind are these: a thing exists, therefore it has a right to exist.
Thus do I want man and woman to be: the one fit to wage war and the other fit to give birth, but both fit to dance with head and feet.
Good writers have two things in common: they prefer to be understood rather than admired; and they do not write for knowing and over-acute readers.
Many are obstinate with regard to the pathway once they have set upon it, few with regard to the goal.
Women want to serve, and this is where their happiness lies: but the free spirit does not want to be served, and this is where hishappiness lies.
You never exist quite so much as when you are not thinking
Whoever wants to set a good example must add a grain of foolishness to his virtue: then others can imitate and yet at the same time surpass the one they imitate-which human beings love to do.