Everything that is ponderous, vicious and pompously clumsy, all long-winded and wearying kinds of style, are developed in great variety among Germans.
The sensible author writes for no other posterity than his own--that is, for his age--so as to be able even then to take pleasurein himself.
As much as possible, and this as quickly as possible: that is what the great mental and emotional illness craves that is variously called "present" or "culture," but that is actually a symptom of consumption.
History teaches that a race of people is best preserved where the greater number hold one common spirit in consequence of the similarity of their accustomed and indisputable principles.
Free from what? What does that matter to Zarathustra! Clearly, however, shall your eye show to me: free for what?
Art is the highest task and the proper metaphysical activity of this life.
Comparing man and woman on the whole, one may say: woman would not possess a genius for ornamentation if she did not also possessan instinct for the secondary role.
Ultimately, no one can extract from things, books included, more than he already knows.
Whatever we have words for, that we have already got beyond.
Once spirit was God, then it became man, and now it is even becoming mob.
It is only when we have ceased to be the followers of our followers that we comprehend how meaningless followers are.
My conception of freedom. â€” The value of a thing sometimes does not lie in that which one attains by it, but in what one pays for it â€” what it costs us. Liberal institutions cease to be liberal as soon as they are attained: later on, there are no worse and no more thorough injurers of freedom th
Doing ill to those on whom we have to make our power felt; for pain is a far more sensitive means for that purpose than pleasure: pain always asks concerning the cause, while pleasure is inclined to keep within itself and not look backward.
One should not understand this compulsion to construct concepts, species, forms, purposes, laws ('a world of identical cases') as if they enabled us to fix the real world; but as a compulsion to arrange a world for ourselves in which our existence is made possible:-we thereby create a world which is
Early in the morning, at break of day, in all the freshness and dawn of one's strength, to read a book -I call that vicious!
We often contradict an opinion for no other reason than that we do not like the tone in which it is expressed.
There would be no sunshine in society if the born flatterers, I mean the so-called amiable people, did not bring it in with them.
'God himself cannot exist without wise men' - Luther said, and was right. But 'God can exist even less without unwise men' - that good old Luther did not say.
Those you cannot teach to fly, teach to fall faster.
Amor Fati â€“ â€œLove Your Fateâ€, which is in fact your life.
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.
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.
You should seek your enemy, you should wage your war - a war for your opinions. And when your opinion is defeatedy our honesty should still cry triumph over that!
Or shall I go out as a light does, not first blown out by the wind, but grown tired and weary of itself - a burnt out light? Or finally, shall I blow myself out, so as not to burn out?
This tremendous event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time; the light on the stars requires time; deeds though done, still require time to be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than the most distant st
There are various eyes. Even the Sphinx has eyes: and as a result there are various truths, and as a result there is no truth.
The good four. Honest with ourselves and with whatever is friend to us; courageous toward the enemy; generous toward the vanquished; polite-always that is how the four cardinal virtues want us.
The consequences of our actions take hold of us, quite indifferent to our claim that meanwhile we have 'improved.
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.
Precisely this is godliness--that there are gods, but no God.