Moral contempt is a far greater indignity and insult than any kind of crime.
In affability there is no hatred of men, but for that very reason there is all too much contempt for men.
Try for once to justify the meaning of your existence as it were a posteriori by setting yourself an aim, a goal... an exalted and noble 'to this end.' Perish in pursuit of this and only this
What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue, this is human madness.
For it is only as an aesthetic phenomenon that existence and the world are eternally justified.
No honey is sweeter than that of knowledge.
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.
A high civilization is a pyramid: it can stand only on a broad base; its primary prerequisite is a strong and soundly consolidated mediocrity.
Principle of "Christian love": it insists upon being well paid in the end.
I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
Noble and wise men once believed in the music of the spheres: noble and wise men still continue to believe in the "moral significance of existence." But one day even this sphere-music will no longer be audible to them! They will wake up and take note that their ears were dreaming.
Be your self! All you are now doing, thinking, desiring, is not you yourself.
Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.
Mystical explanations are thought to be deep; the truth is that they are not even shallow.
In the 'in-itself' there is nothing of 'causal connections', of 'necessity', or of 'psychological non-freedom'; there the effect does not follow the cause, there is no rule or 'law'. It is we alone who have devised cause, sequence, for-each-other, relativity, constraint, number, law, freedom, motive
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.
A degree of culture, and assuredly a very high one, is attained when man rises above superstitions and religious notions and fears, and, for instance, no longer believes in guardian angels or in original sin, and has also ceased to talk of the salvation of his soul.
When I contemplated purpose I also contemplated chance and foolishness.
Man alone resists the direction of gravitation: he constantly wants to fall--upwards.
Everyone nowadays lives through too much and thinks through too little: they have a ravenous appetite and colic at the same time so that they keep getting thinner and thinner no matter how much they eat.--Whoever says nowadays, "I have not experienced anything"--is a simpleton.
We think that play and fairytales belong to childhood - how shortsighted that is! As though we would want at any time in our life to live without play and fairytales! We give these things other names, to be sure, and feel differently about them, but precisely this is the evidence that they are the s
We feign pity when we want to demonstrate our ascendancy over feelings of hostility: but usually in vain. Whenever we notice this,there is an accompanying surge in those hostile sensations.
There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.
Not with wrath do we kill, but with laughter. Come, let us kill the spirit of gravity!
And so while dreams are the individual man's play with reality, the sculptor's art is (in a broader sense) the play with dreams.
He who possesseth little is so much the less possessed. Blessed be moderate poverty!
That the world is a divine game and beyond good and evil:Min this the Vedanta philosophy and Heraclitus are my predecessors.
Art depends upon the inexactitude of sight.
Man... cannot learn to forget, but hangs on the past: however far or fast he runs, that chain runs with him.
Truth is the kind of error without which a certain species of life could not live. The value for life is ultimately decisive.