A living being seeks, above all, to discharge its strength. Life is will to power.
He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.
Only you must have worthy foes hate, but not enemies worthy of contempt. You must be proud of your enemy.
One will seldom go wrong if one attributes extreme actions to vanity, average ones to habit, and pretty ones to fear.
Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.
To be moral, correct, and virtuous is to be obedient to an old established law and custom.
What have we in common with the rosebud, which trembles because a drop of dew is lying upon it?
Immortal is the moment when I engendered the recurrence. For the sake of this moment I bear the recurrence.
Indeed, what forces us at all to suppose that there is an essential opposition of 'true' and 'false'? Is it not sufficient to assume degrees of apparentness and, as it were, lighter and darker shadows and shades of appearance- different 'values', to use the language of painters?
Whatever the State saith is a lie; whatever it hath is a theft: all is counterfeit in it, the gnawing, sanguinary, insatiate monster.
Crude men who feel themselves insulted tend to assess the degree of insult as high as possible, and talk about the offense in greatly exaggerated language, only so they can revel to their heart's content in the aroused feelings of hatred and revenge.
For as long as they praise you, never forget that it is not yet your own path that you walk, but another person's.
Of all writings I love only that which is written with blood. Write with blood: and you will discover that blood is spirit.
Reason" in language - oh, what an old deceptive female she is! I am afraid we are not rid of God because we still have faith in grammar.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
Whom do you call bad?--Those who always want to induce shame.
Strideth over all mountains, and laugheth at all tragedies
That the world is a divine game and beyond good and evil:Min this the Vedanta philosophy and Heraclitus are my predecessors.
It is, indeed, a fact that, in the midst of society and sociability every evil inclination has to place itself under such great restraint, don so many masks, lay itself so often on the procrustean bed of virtue, that one could well speak of a martyrdom of the evil man. In solitude all this falls awa
His (the theologian) basic instinct of self preservation forbids him to respect reality at any point or even to let it get a word in.
Wherever progress is to ensue, deviating natures are of greatest importance.
However unchristian it may seem, I do not even bear any ill feeling towards myself.
The most intelligent men, like the strongest, find their happiness where others would find only disaster: in the labyrinth, in being hard with themselves and with others, in effort; their delight is self-mastery; in them asceticism becomes second nature, a necessity, as instinct.
The spiritual activity of millennia is deposited in language.
I wish to be at any time hereafter only a yea-sayer!
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
That is an artist as I would have an artist be, modest in his needs: he really wants only two things, his bread and his art--panemet Circen.
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right --especially when one is right.
Buddha says: "Do not flatter your benefactor!". Let one repeat this saying in a Christian church : it immediately purifies the air of everything Christian.
Even the pluckiest among us has but seldom the courage of what he really knows.