The scaffolding must be removed once the house is built.
The noble type of man feels himself to be the determiner of values, he does not need to be approved of, he judges 'what harms me is harmful in itself', he knows himself to be that which in general accords honour to things, he creates values.
I and me are always too deeply in conversation.
It is the business of the very few to be independent; it is a privilege of the strong.
The hour when you say, "What does my happiness matter? It is poverty and filth, and a wretched complacency. Yet my happiness should justify existence itself!
Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.
Exhaustion is the shortest way to equality and fraternity.
For all things are baptized at the font of eternity, and beyond good and evil; good and evil themselves, however, are but intervening shadows and damp afflictions and passing clouds.
The criminal type is the type of the strong human being under unfavorable circumstances: a strong human being made sick.
One who is always deeply involved in what he is doing is above all embarrassment.
He who knows himself to be profound endeavors to be clear; he who would like to appear profound to the crowd endeavors to be obscure.
I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.
We do not by any means think it desirable that the kingdom of righteousness and peace should be established on earth (because under any circumstances it would be the kingdom of the profoundest mediocrity and Chinaism); we rejoice in all men, who like ourselves love danger, war and adventure, who do
Can an ass be tragic?--To perish under a burden that one can neither bear nor cast off? The case of the philosopher.
The idealist is incorrigible: if he is thrown out of his heaven he makes an ideal of his hell.
Unresolved dissonances between the characters and dispositions of the parents continue to reverberate in the nature of the child and make up the history of its inner sufferings.
The radical hostility, the deadly hostility against sensuality, is always a symptom to reflect on: it entitles us to suppositions concerning the total state of one who is excessive in this manner.
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.
But like infection is the petty thought: it creeps and hides, and wants to be nowhere--until the whole body is decayed and withered by the petty infection... Thus spoke Zarathustra.
There is no more dangerous error than that of mistaking the consequence for the cause.
Compulsion precedes morality, indeed morality itself is compulsion for a time, to which one submits for the avoidance of pain.
In the true man there is a child concealed who wants to play.
Unexplained, obscure matters are regarded as more important than explained, clear ones.
That is the most extreme form of nihilism: nothingness (the "meaningless") eternally!
As much as possible, and this as quickly as possible: that is what the great mental and emotional illness craves that is variously called "present" or "culture," but that is actually a symptom of consumption.
The reason adultery is immoral is that it might lead to marriage.
It is certain that the Jew, if he desired-or if they were driven to it, as the antisemites seem to wish-could now have the ascendancy, nay, literally the supremacy, over Europe; that they are not working or planning for that end is equally sure... The resourcefulness of the modern Jews, both in mind
He divines remedies against injuries; he knows how to turn serious accidents to his own advantage; whatever does not kill him makes him stronger
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right --especially when one is right.
The gilded sheath of pity sometimes covers the dagger of envy.