Of all evil I deem you capable: therefore I want the good from you.
There will be but few people who, when at a loss for topics of conversation, will not reveal the more secret affairs of their friends.
Christianity was from the beginning, essentially and fundamentally, life's nausea and disgust with life, merely concealed behind, masked by, dressed up as, faith in "another" or "better" life.
If you believed more in life you would fling yourself less to the moment.
Truth is only an illusion we have forgotten is an illusion.
The people we have employed in an undertaking that has turned out badly should be doubly rewarded.
In the end things must be as they are and have always been--the great things remain for the great, the abysses for the profound, the delicacies and thrills for the refined, and, to sum up shortly, everything rare for the rare.
We can speak very much to the purpose and yet in such a way that the whole world cries out in contradiction: namely, when we are not speaking to the whole world.
Error has made animals into men; is truth in a position to make men into animals again?
Everyone who has ever built anywhere a "new heaven" first found the power thereto in his own hell.
If there were gods, how could I endure not to be a god? Therefore there are no gods.
You are treading the path to your greatness: no one shall follow you here! Your passage has effaced the path behind you, and above that path stands written: Impossibility.
The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.
There is nothing we like to communicate to others as much as the seal of secrecy together with what lies under it.
One thing a man must have: either a naturally light disposition or a disposition lightened by art and knowledge.
The life of the enemy . Whoever lives for the sake of combating an enemy has an interest in the enemy's staying alive.
A refined soul is distressed to know that someone owes it thanks; a crude soul, to know that it owes someone thanks.
Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. Friedrich Nietzsch
Without the errors which lie in the assumption of morality, man would have remained an animal.
Not the intensity but the duration of high feelings makes high men.
One must never have spared oneself, one must have acquired hardness as a habit to be cheerful and in good spirits in the midst of nothing but hard truths.
In those days it was possible for a Greek to flee from an over-abundant reality as though it were but the tricky scheming off the imagination-and to flee, not like Plato into the land of eternal ideas, into the workshop off the world-creator, feasting one's eyes on the unblemished unbreakable archet
When, however, you have an enemy, then do not requite him good for evil: for that would shame him. Instead, prove that he did some good for you. And rather be angry than put to shame! And when you are cursed, I do not like it that you want to bless. Rather curse a little also! And if you are done a
Acknowledge your will and speak to us all, "This alone is what I will to be!" Hang your own penal code up above you: we want to be its enforcers!
When an idea is just rising on the horizon, the soul's temperature with respect to it is usually very cold. Only gradually does the idea develop its warmth, and it is hottest (which is to say, exerting its greatest influence) when belief in the idea is already once again in decline.
A man should not play the coward to his deeds. He should not repudiate them once he has performed them. Pangs of conscience are indecent.
What someone is, begins to be revealed when his talent abates, when he stops showing us what he can do.
I devote myself to what I love the most, and for this very reason I hesitate to designate it with lofty words: I do not want to risk believing that it is a sublime compulsion, a law, which I obey: I love what I love the most too much to wish to appear to it as one compelled.
I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.