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."
Egoism is the very essence of a noble soul.
What do I care about the purring of one who cannot love, like the cat?
Everyone who has ever built anywhere a "new heaven" first found the power thereto in his own hell.
Disobedience- that is the nobility of slaves.
No one can draw more out of things, books included, than he already knows. A man has no ears for that to which experience has given him no access.
The world itself is the will to power - and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power - and nothing else!
What does a philosopher demand of himself, first and last? To overcome his time in himself, to become "timeless.
Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil. Friedrich Nietzsch
God is a gross answer, an indelicacy against us thinkers- at bottom merely a gross prohibition for us: you shall not think!
Invisible threads are the strongest ties.
Be careful who you choose as your enemy because that's who you become most like.
The desire for a strong faith is not the proof of a strong faith, rather the opposite. If one has it one may permit oneself the beautiful luxury of skepticism: one is secure enough, fixed enough for it.
Morality makes stupid.- Custom represents the experiences of men of earlier times as to what they supposed useful and harmful - but the sense for custom (morality) applies, not to these experiences as such, but to the age, the sanctity, the indiscussability of the custom. And so this feeling is a hi
Poets and writers who are in love with the superlative all want to do more than they can.
If you are considering marriage, ask yourself one question: Will I still enjoy talking with her when I'm old?
One can promise actions, but not feelings, for the latter are involuntary. He who promises to love forever or hate forever or be forever faithful to someone is promising something that is not in his power.
Your educators can only be your liberators.
One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
Rash actions are seldom committed in isolation. With the first rash action we always do too much. So we usually go on to commit asecond one--and then we do too little.
If we make sacrifices in doing good or in doing ill, it does not alter the ultimate value of our actions; even if we stake our life in the cause, as martyrs do for the sake of our church : it is a sacrifice to our longing for power, or for the purpose of conserving our sense of power.
I fear that, with our current veneration for the natural and the real, we have arrived at the opposite pole to all idealism, and have landed in the region of the waxworks.
Triumph depends on a roll of Fate's dice; the ultimate prize is a place in Heaven.
All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking
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.
Is it not better to fall into the hands of a murderer, than into the dreams of a lustful woman?
I speak and the child plays: who can be more serious than we are?
Bad cooks - and the utter lack of reason in the kitchen - have delayed human development longest and impaired it most.
I cook every chance in my pot. And only when it is cooked through do I welcome it as my food.
Fathers and sons are much more considerate of one another than mothers and daughters.