It is regrettable that a Dostoyevsky did not live near this most interesting of all decadents (Jesus Christ) - I mean someone who would have known how to sense the very stirring charm of such a mixture of the sublime, the sickly, and the childlike.
I too have been in the underworld, as was Odysseus, and I will often be there again; not only sheep have I sacrificed so as to beable to speak with a few dead souls, but neither have I spared my own blood as well.
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. Friedrich Nietz
One unconsciously takes it for granted that doer and sufferer think and feel alike, and according to this supposition we measure the guilt of the one by the pain of the other.
Love forgives the lover even his lust.
As is well known, the priests are the most evil enemiesâ€”but why? Because they are the most impotent. It is because of their impotence that in them hatred grows to monstrous and uncanny proportions, to the most spiritual and poisonous kind of hatred. The truly great haters in world history have alw
The enjoyment that all morality has given us to now and that it continues to give us--and so, what has kept it going up to now--lies in everyone's right, without lengthy investigation, to praise and blame. And who could endure life without praising and blaming!
Faith means the will to avoid knowing what is true.
Man is a rope, tied between beast and Superman--a rope over an abyss.
He who cannot lie does not know what the truth is
How much disgruntled heaviness, lameness, dampness, how much beer is there in the German intelligence.
If a man wishes to become a hero, then the serpent must first become a dragon: otherwise he lacks his proper enemy.
Willing emancipateth: that is the true doctrine of will and emancipation - so teacheth you Zarathustra. No longer willing, and no longer valuing, and no longer creating! Ah, that that great debility may ever be far from me! And also in discerning do I feel only my will's procreating and evolving del
What is the vanity of the vainest man compared with the vanity which the most modest possesses when, in the midst of nature and the world, he feels himself to be man!
Once you were apes, yet even now man is more of an ape than any of the apes.
Whoever gives advice to a sick person acquires a feeling of superiority over him, whether the advice be accepted or rejected.
THE SLOW ARROW OF BEAUTY. The noblest kind of beauty is that which does not transport us suddenly, which does not make stormy and intoxicating impressions such a kind easily arouses disgust but that which slowly filters into our minds.
I have given a name to my pain, and call it "dog".
"Faith" as an imperative is a veto against science-in praxi, it means lies at any price.
Is man one of God's blunders? Or is God one of man's blunders?
Sometimes we owe a friend to the lucky circumstance that we give him no cause for envy.
Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species.
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
And so, onwards... along a path of wisdom, with a hearty tread, a hearty confidence.. however you may be, be your own source of experience. Throw off your discontent about your nature. Forgive yourself your own self. You have it in your power to merge everything you have lived through- false starts,
In Bach there is still too much crude Christianity, crude Germanism, crude scholasticism; he stands on the threshold of European (modern) music, but he looks back from there to the Middle Ages.
The god on the cross is a curse on life, a signpost to seek redemption from life; Dionysus cut to pieces is a promise of life: it will be eternally reborn and return again from destruction
Many things about man are not very godly: whenever a person excretes feces, how can he be a god then? But it is even worse regarding the other feces we call sin: man still surely wants to retain this, and not excrete it. Now however, I must believe it: a person can be God and still excrete feces. Th
For the purpose of knowledge we must know how to make use of the inward current which draws us towards a thing, and also of the current which after a time draws us away from it.
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
Socrates and Plato are right: whatever man does he always does well, that is, he does that which seems to him good (useful) according to the degree of his intellect, the particular standard of his reasonableness.