Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?
The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
What verse is for the poet, dialectical thinking is for the philosopher. He grasps for it in order to get hold of his own enchantment, in order to perpetuate it.
The various languages placed side by side show that with words it is never a question of truth, never a question of adequate expression; otherwise, there would not be so many languages. The 'thing in itself' (which is precisely what the pure truth, apart from any of its consequences, would be) is li
Mastery has been achieved when one neither makes a mistake nor hesitates in the performance.
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.
It has therewith come to be recognized that the history of moral valuations is at the same time the history of an error, the error of responsibility, which is based upon the error of the freedom of will.
The unselective knowledge drive resembles the indiscriminate sexual drive--signs of vulgarity!
The more abstract the truth you wish to teach, the more you need to seduce the senses to it.
Sometimes it is harder to accede to a thing than it is to see its truth.
The man who does not wish to belong to the mass needs only to cease taking himself easily; let him follow his conscience, which calls to him: "Be your self! All you are now doing, thinking, desiring, is not you yourself.
Insects sting, not from malice, but because they want to live. It is the same with critics; they desire our blood not our pain.
There was at all events one advantage in the choice of this day to my birth; my birthday throughout the whole of my childhood was a day of public rejoicing.
Man's maturity: to have regained the seriousness that he had as a child at play.
Once we have found ourselves, we must understand how from time to time to lose--and then to find--ourselves once again: assuming,that is, that we are thinkers. For a thinker it is a drawback to be bound to a single person all the time.
When virtue has slept it will arise more vigorous.
One's own self is well hidden from one's own self; of all mines of treasure, one's own is the last to be dug up.
There are highly gifted spirits who are always infertile simply because, owing to a weakness in temperament, they are too impatient to wait out their pregnancy to term.
Winter, a bad guest, sitteth with me at home; blue are my hands with his friendly handshaking
The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.
Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.
The value of a thing sometimes lies not in what one attains with it, but in what one pays for it - what it costs us
Only in war are you holy, and when you are robbers and cruel.
Carlyle, a man of strong words and attitudes, a rhetorician out of necessity, constantly aroused by the craving for a strong faithas well as by the feeling of an incapacity for it (Min this respect a typical romantic!).... Fundamentally, Carlyle is an English atheist who makes it a point of honor no
One cannot read the New Testament without acquired admiration for whatever it abuses not to speak of the "wisdom of this world," which an impudent wind bag tries to dispose of "by the foolishness of preaching."
When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you. Friedrich Nietz
To get into just those situations where sham virtues will not suffice, but rather where, as with the ropedancer on his rope, one either falls or stands--or gets down.
Do not allow yourselves to be deceived: Great Minds are Skeptical.
In order for once to get a glimpse of our European morality from a distance, in order to compare it with other earlier or future moralities, one must do as the traveller who wants to know the height of the towers of a city: he leaves the city.
With the unknown, one is confronted with danger, discomfort, and care; the first instinct is to abolish these painful states. First principle: any explanation is better than none. . . . The causal instinct is thus conditional upon, and excited by, the feeling of fear. The "why?" shall, if at all pos