Man's maturity: to have regained the seriousness that he had as a child at play.
So long as the spectator has to figure out the meaning of this or that person, or the presuppositions of this or that conflict of inclinations and purposes, he cannot become completely absorbed in the activities and sufferings of the chief characters or feel breathless pity and fear.
Regarding life, the wisest men of all ages have judged alike: it is worthless. Friedrich Nietzsch
In the end we love our desire and not what it is that we desire.
We attack not only to hurt someone, to defeat him, but perhaps also simply to become conscious of our own strength.
Scholars who become politicians are usually assigned the comic role of having to be the good conscience of state policy.
A real fox calls sour not only those grapes that he cannot reach but also those that he has reached and taken away from others.
[Heraclitus had] pride not in logical knowledge but rather in intuitive grasping of the truth.
If you are too weak to give yourselves your own law, then a tyrant shall lay his yoke upon you and say: "Obey! Clench your teeth and obey!" And all good and evil shall be drowned in obedience to him.
I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.
What I really want from Music: That it be cheerful and profound like an afternoon in October...
All mankind is divided, as it was at all times and is still, into slaves and freemen.
The unselective knowledge drive resembles the indiscriminate sexual drive--signs of vulgarity!
Art is the great stimulus to life.
But this people has deliberately made itself stupid, for nearly a millennium: nowhere have the two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity, been abused more dissolutely.
The most spiritual men, as the strongest, find their happiness where others would find their destruction: in the labyrinth, in hardness against themselves and others, in experiments. Their joy is self-conquest: asceticism becomes in them nature, need, and instinct. Difficult tasks are a privilege to
My abyss speaks, I have turned my ultimate depth into light!
We can destroy only as creators
For the longest time, marriage has had a guilty conscience about itself. Should we believe it?--Yes, we should believe it.
The parasites live where the great have little secret sores.
Talking much about oneself may be a way of hiding oneself.
The man loves danger and sport. That is why he loves woman, the most dangerous of all sports.
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.
The problem of culture is seldom grasped correctly. The goal of a culture is not the greatest possible happiness of a people, noris it the unhindered development of all their talents; instead, culture shows itself in the correct proportion of these developments. Its aim points beyond earthly happine
What is the seal of liberation? Not to be ashamed in front of oneself.
While every noble morality develops from a triumphant affirmation of itself, slave morality from the outset says No to what is "outside," what is "different," what is "not itself"; and this No is its creative deed.
After Buddha was dead, his shadow was still shown for centuries in a cave.
I desire that your conjectures should not reach beyond your creative will. Could you create a god? Then do not speak to me of any gods.
Having a talent is not enough: one must also have your permission to have it--right, my friends?
The states in which we infuse a transfiguration and a fullness into things and poetize about them until they reflect back our fullness and joy in life...three elements principally: sexuality, intoxication and cruelty all belonging to the oldest festal joys.