Death. The certain prospect of death could sweeten every life with a precious and fragrant drop of levity- and now you strange apothecary souls have turned it into an ill-tasting drop of poison that makes the whole of life repulsive.
Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier and simpler.
We talk about taking "pleasure in a thing": but in truth it is pleasure in ourselves, mediated by a thing.
From the State the exceptional individual cannot expect much. He is seldom benefited by being taken into its service; the only certain advantage it can give him is complete independence. Only real culture will prevent him being too early tired out or used up, and will spare him the exhausting strugg
Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.
The job of rearing a child consists of making conscious activities unconscious.
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.
I could dispense with nothing when I created the superman. His seed still carries all your evil and falsehood, your lies and yourignorance.
Necessity is not a fact; it's an interpretation.
And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
The mouth may lie, alright, but the face it makes nonetheless tells the truth.
Only idiots fail to contradict themselves three times a day.
Crude men who feel themselves insulted tend to assess the degree of insult as high as possible, and talk about the offense in greatly exaggerated language, only so they can revel to their heart's content in the aroused feelings of hatred and revenge.
Go up close to your friend, but do not go over to him! We should also respect the enemy in our friend.
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.
Love ever your neighbour as yourselves - but first be such as love themselves.
A man who is very busy seldom changes his opinions.
Only where there are graves are there resurrections.
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.
I am afraid that old women are more skeptical in their most secret heart of hearts than any man: they believe in the superficiality of existence as in its essence, and all virtue and profundity is to them merely a veil over this "truth," a most welcome veil over a pudendum--and so a matter of decenc
When there is a choice about it, a great sacrifice is preferable to a small sacrifice, because we compensate ourselves for a greatone with self-admiration, which is not possible with a small one.
What is originality? To see something that is as yet without a name, that is as yet impossible to designate, even though it staresus in the face. The way it usually is with people, it is a thing's name that makes it perceptible to them in the first place.--For the most part, the original ones have a
One should never know too precisely whom one has married
One should steal only where one cannot rob.
Evolution does not make happiness its goal; it aims simply at evolution and nothing else.
The most intelligent men, like the strongest, find their happiness where others would find only disaster: in the labyrinth, in being hard with themselves and with others, in effort; their delight is self-mastery; in them asceticism becomes second nature, a necessity, as instinct.
Every week we ought to have one hour for recieving letters, then go take a bath.
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.
What an age experiences as evil is usually an untimely reverberation echoing what was previously experienced as good--the atavismof an older ideal.
Species do not grow more perfect: the weaker dominate the strong, again and again- the reason being that they are the great majority, and they are also cleverer. Darwin forgot the mind (-that is English!): the weak possess more mind. ... To acquire mind, one must need mind-one loses it when one no l