I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.
I am not a human being, I am dynamite.
Physician, help yourself: thus help your patient too. Let this be his best help: that he may behold with his eyes the man who heals himself.
The Christian church has left nothing untouched by its depravity; it has turned every value into worthlessness, and every truth into a lie
An important species of pleasure, and therewith the source of morality, arises out of habit.
When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.
Assuming that rapture is nature's play with man, the Dionysian artist's creative activity is the play with rapture.
He who obeys, does not listen to himself!
A man who wills commands something within himself that renders obedience, or that he believes renders obedience.
Fathers and sons are much more considerate of one another than mothers and daughters.
as though "the Truth" were such an innocent and incompetent creature as to require protectors!
An artist chooses his subjects: that is the way he praises.
Good manners disappear in proportion as the influence of a Court and an exclusive aristocracy lessens; this decrease can be plainly observed from decade to decade by those who have an eye for public behavior, which grows visibly.
Is man God's biggest blunder, or is man's God?
Exhaustion is the shortest way to equality and fraternity.
It is the business of the very few to be independent; it is a privilege of the strong.
History teaches that a race of people is best preserved where the greater number hold one common spirit in consequence of the similarity of their accustomed and indisputable principles.
Should not the giver be thankful that the receiver received? Is not giving a need? Is not receiving, mercy?
A heart full of courage and cheerfulness needs a little danger from time to time, or the world gets unbearable.
He who rejoices even at the stake triumphs not over pain but over the absence of pain where he had anticipated feeling it. A parable.
If married couples did not live together, happy marriages would be more frequent.
Possessions are usually diminished by possession.
Even the most honest writer lets slip a word too many when he wants to round off a period.
It is obvious that all sense has gone out of modern marriage; which is, however, no objection to marriage but to modernity.
The really royal calling of the philosopher (as expressed by Alcuin the Anglo-Saxon): To correct what is wrong, and strengthen the right, and raise what is holy.
Not with wrath do we kill, but with laughter. Come, let us kill the spirit of gravity!
Their usual mistaken premise is that they affirm some consensus among people, at least among tame peoples, concerning certain moral principles, and then conclude that these principles must be unconditionally binding also for you and me-or conversely, they see that among different peoples moral valua
Some rule out of a lust for ruling; others, so as not to be ruled:Mto these it is merely the lesser of two evils.
When we talk in company we lose our unique tone of voice, and this leads us to make statements which in no way correspond to our real thoughts.
What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.