All mankind is divided, as it was at all times and is still, into slaves and freemen.
The secret of realizing the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment of existence is: to live dangerously! Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius! Send your ships out into uncharted seas! Live in conflict with your equals and with yourselves! Be robbers and ravagers as soon as you ca no
Whether we immoralists do any harm to virtue?-Just as little as anarchists do to princes. It is only because they have been shot at that they once again sit securely on their thrones. Moral: we must shoot at morals.
When one thinks profusely and cleverly, not only his face but his body too takes on a clever appearance.
One does not kill by anger but by laughter.
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.
The masters have been done away with; the morality of the common man has triumphed.
Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman-a rope over an abyss. A dangerous crossing, a dangerous wayfaring, a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous trembling and halting
In true love it is the soul that envelops the body.
Wherever primitive man put up a word, he believed he had made a discovery. How utterly mistaken he really was! He had touched a problem, and while supposing he had solved it, he had created and obstacle to its solution. Now, with every new knowledge we stumble over flint-like and petrified words and
He who has a why can endure any how
I want to teach men the sense of their existence, which is the Superman, the lightning out of the dark cloud man.
To become the founder of a new religion one must be psychologically infallible in one's knowledge of a certain average type of souls who have not yet recognized that they belong together.
We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
When an idea is just rising on the horizon, the soul's temperature with respect to it is usually very cold. Only gradually does the idea develop its warmth, and it is hottest (which is to say, exerting its greatest influence) when belief in the idea is already once again in decline.
Where there is happiness, there is found pleasure in nonsense. The transformation of experience into its opposite, of the suitable into the unsuitable, the obligatory into the optional (but in such a manner that this process produces no injury and is only imagined in jest), is a pleasure; ...
As long as you still experience the stars as something "above you", you lack the eye of knowledge.
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.
All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
Men subsequently put whatever is newly learned or experienced to use as a plowshare, perhaps even as a weapon: but women immediately include it among their ornaments.
If one considers how much reason every person has for anxiety and timid self-concealment, and how three-quarters of his energy and goodwill can be paralyzed and made unfruitful by it, one has to be very grateful to fashion
Only sick music makes money today.
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. Friedrich Nietzs
Be your self! All you are now doing, thinking, desiring, is not you yourself.
The lie is a condition of life.
I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.
Genuine historical knowledge requires nobility of character, a profound understanding of human existence - not detachment and objectivity.
To get into just those situations where sham virtues will not suffice, but rather where, as with the ropedancer on his rope, one either falls or stands--or gets down.