The essential thing â€˜in heaven and earthâ€™ is that there should be a long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.
To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
...the only psychologist from whom I have anything to learn.
In the end we are always rewarded for our good will, our patience, fair-mindedness, and gentleness with what is strange.
The consequence is that every man comes to know himself solely in terms of his power for defence and attack.
Both classically- and romantically-minded spirits-inasmuch as these two species always exist-occupy themselves with a vision of the future: but the former do so out of a strength of their age, the latter out of its weakness.
For such is man: a Theological Dogma might be refuted to him a thousand times - provided however, that he had need of it, he would again and again accept it as true. Belief is always most desired, most pressingly needed where there is a lack of will. Fanaticism is the sole "volitional strength" to w
Christianity has a hunter's instinct for finding out all those who by one means or another may be driven to despair -although only a part of mankind is capable of such despair. Christianity lies in wait for such as those and pursues them
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
Do not talk about giftedness, inborn talents! One can assume great men of all kinds who were very little gifted. They acquired greatness, became â€œgeniusesâ€ (as we put it), through qualities the lack of which no one who knew what they were would boast of: they all possessed that seriousness of the
The man of the future who will redeem us not only from the hitherto reigning ideal but also from that which was bound to grow out of it, the great nausea, the will to nothingness, nihilism; this bell stroke of noon and of the great decision that liberates the will again and restores its goal to the
Of all evil I deem you capable: Therefore I want good from you. Verily, I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws.
You shall not steal! You shall not kill! Such words were once called holy; before them people bowrd their knees and heads, and removed their shoes. But I ask you: where have there ever been better thieves and killers in the world than such holy words have been? Is there not in all of life itself - r
My humanity is a constant self-overcoming.
Whoever gives advice to a sick person acquires a feeling of superiority over him, whether the advice be accepted or rejected.
The less men are fettered by tradition, the greater becomes the inward activity of their motives, and greater again in proportion to their outer restlessness.
Whoever has looked deeply into the world might well guess what wisdom lies in the superficiality of men.
Egoism is the law of perspective applied to feelings: what is closest appears large and weighty, and as one moves farther away size and weight decrease.
A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still: you must not want to see everything.
Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.
I know my fate. One day my name will be tied to the memory of something monstrous - a crisis without equal on earth.... I am no man, I am dynamite!
In the mountains, the shortest way is from peak to peak: but for that you must have long legs
In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.
Although you have so far demonstrated little faith in my ability to pay, I yet hope to demonstrate that I am somebody who pays his debts-for example, to you.
I am no man, I am dynamite.
One who is unassuming in dealing with people exhibits his arrogance all the more strongly in dealing with things (city, state, society, age, mankind). That is his revenge.
I will believe in the Redeemer when the Christians look a little more redeemed.
But let me open up my heart to you completely, my friends: if there were gods, how could I bear not being a god! Hence, there areno gods. I drew this conclusion, to be sure--but now it draws me.
The most serious parody I have ever heard was this: In the beginning was nonsense, and the nonsense was with God, and the nonsense was God.
You look up when you wish to be exalted. And I look down because I am exalted.