To make the individual uncomfortable, that is my task
A soul which knows that it is loved, but does not itself love, betrays its sediment: its dregs come up.
truths are illusions of which one has forgotten that they are illusions, metaphors that have become worn-out and deprived of their sensuous force, coins that have lost their imprint and are now no longer seen as coins but as metal.
At a certain place in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, for example, he might feel that he is floating above the earth in a starry dome, with the dream of immortality in his heart; all the stars seem to glimmer around him, and the earth seems to sink ever deeper downwards.
The tragedy is that we cannot believe the dogmas of religion and metaphysics if we have the strict methods of truth in heart and head, but on the other hand, we have become through the development of humanity so tenderly suffering that we need the highest kind of means of salvation and consolation:
What good is a book that does not even transport us beyond all books?
One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.
Woman was God's second mistake.
Men submit from habit to everything that seeks power.
Interest in Education will acquire great strength only from the moment when belief in a God and His care is renounced, just as the art of healing could only flourish when the belief in miracle cures ceased.
He who has a why can endure any how
Everyone needs a sense of shame, but no one needs to feel ashamed.
The moment Germany rises as a great power, France gains a new importance as a cultural power.
All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting.
People who comprehend a thing to its very depths rarely stay faithful to it forever. For they have brought its depths into the light of day: and in the depths there is always much that is unpleasant to see.
The value of many men and books rests solely on their faculty for compelling all to seek out the most hidden and intimate things.
The greatest cure for love is still that time honoured medicine - love returned.
The coward does not know what it means to be alone: an enemy is always standing behind his chair.
Life is that which must overcome itself again and again
A noble soul is not the one that can manage the highest flights but the one that rises very little and falls very little but always dwells in a free, resplendent atmosphere and altitude.
He who lives as children live - who does not struggle for his bread and does not believe that his actions possess any ultimate significance - remains childlike.
Alas, where is there still a sea in which one could drown: thus our lament resounds â€“ across shallow swamps.
Envy and jealousy are the private parts of the human soul. Perhaps the comparison can be extended.
Life is fountain of joy; but where the rabble also gather to drink, all wells are poisoned.
I have somehow something like "influence" ... In the Anti-Semitic Correspondence ... my name is mentioned in almost every issue. Zarathustra ... has charmed the anti-Semites; there is a special anti-Semitic interpretation of it that made me laugh very much.
In solitude there grows what anyone brings into it, the inner beast too. Therefore solitude is inadvisable to many.
In Russia there is an emigration of intelligence: Ã©migrÃ©s cross the frontier in order to read and to write good books. But in doing so they contribute to making their fatherland, abandoned by spirit, into the gaping jaws of Asia that would like to swallow our little Europe.
At present I am light, now I fly, now I see myself below me, now a god dances through me.
The golden age, when rambunctious spirits were regarded as the source of evil.
Scholars who become politicians are usually assigned the comic role of having to be the good conscience of state policy.