Time, space, and causality are only metaphors of knowledge, with which we explain things to ourselves.
To make the individual uncomfortable, that is my task
It was modesty that invented the word "philosopher" in Greece and left the magnificent overweening presumption in calling oneselfwise to the actors of the spirit--the modesty of such monsters of pride and sovereignty as Pythagoras, as Plato.
Those with certain temperaments find no way to endure themselves except by striving towards going under.
Among human beings there is no greater banality than death. Second in order, because it is possible to die without being born, comes birth, and next comes marriage.
The bite of conscience is indecent.
One has to know the size of one's stomach.
The rights a man arrogates to himself are related to the duties he imposes on himself, to the tasks to which he feels equal. The great majority of men have no right to existence, but are a misfortune to higher men.
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.
That lies should be necessary to life is part and parcel of the terrible and questionable character of existence.
The errors of great men are venerable because they are more fruitful than the truths of little men.
Many things about man are not very godly: whenever a person excretes feces, how can he be a god then? But it is even worse regarding the other feces we call sin: man still surely wants to retain this, and not excrete it. Now however, I must believe it: a person can be God and still excrete feces. Th
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
In every form of womanly love something of motherly love also comes to light.
It is a terrible thought, to contemplate that an immense number of mediocre thinkers are occupied with really influential matters.
A woman does not want the truth; what is truth to women? From the beginning, nothing has been more alien, repugnant, and hostileto woman than the truth - her great art is the lie, her highest concern is mere appearance and beauty.
The woman and the genius do not work. Up to now, woman has been mankind's supreme luxury. In all those moments when we do our best, we do not work. Work is merely a means to these moments.
That roguish and cheerful vice, politeness.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzs
Laughter means: taking a mischievous delight in someone else's uneasiness, but with a good conscience.
There are more idols than realities in the world: that is my "evil eye" for this world, which is also my "evil ear"..
The idealist is incorrigible: if he is thrown out of his heaven he makes an ideal of his hell.
The world was conquered through the understanding of dogs; the world exists through the understanding of dogs.
We are unknown to ourselves, we men of knowledge - and with good reason. We have never sought ourselves - how could it happen that we should ever find ourselves? It has rightly been said: "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also"; our treasure is where the beehives of our knowledge are
Christianity, alcohol the two great means of corruption.
What is originality? To see something that is as yet without a name, that is as yet impossible to designate, even though it staresus in the face. The way it usually is with people, it is a thing's name that makes it perceptible to them in the first place.--For the most part, the original ones have a
Heaping glowing coals on another person's head is usually misunderstood and comes to nothing because the other person knows just as well that he is in the right and has also given some thought on his own part to heaping coals.
For our self respect depends upon our ability to make requital, for good or for evil.
There is nothing for which men ask to be paid dearer than for humiliation.