Without music, life would be an error. The German imagines even God singing songs
The Hour-Hand of Life --- Life consists of rare, isolated moments of the greatest significance, and of innumerably many intervals, during which at best the silhouettes of those moments hover about us. Love, springtime, every beautiful melody, mountains, the moon, the sea - all these speak completely
It is the business of the very few to be independent; it is a privilege of the strong.
Whoever feels predestined to see and not to believe will find all believers too noisy and pushy: he guards against them.
Scholarship has the same relationship to wisdom as righteousness has to holiness: it is cold and dry, it is loveless and knows nodeep feelings of inadequacy or longing.
As soon as we climb higher than those who had at one time admired us, we appear to them as though we have sunken and fallen down:for, in any event, they had at one time supposed that they were with us (even if it were through us) on the heights.
For the purpose of knowledge we must know how to make use of the inward current which draws us towards a thing, and also of the current which after a time draws us away from it.
Those moralists, on the other hand, who, following in the footsteps of Socrates, offer the individual a morality of self-control and temperance as a means to his own advantage, as his personal key to happiness, are the exceptions.
The shortest route is not the most direct one, but rather the one where the most favorable winds swell our sails:Mthat is the lesson that seafarers teach. Not to abide by this lesson is to be obstinate: here, firmness of character is tainted with stupidity.
Necessity is an interpretation, not a fact.
Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had.
And like a wind shall I one day blow amongst them and with my spirit take away their soul's breath: thus my future wills it.
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
In everything one thing is impossible: rationality.
Everything good is instinct--and, as a result, easy, necessary, free.
This demand follows from an insight that I was the first to articulate: that there are no moral facts.
The love of one sole being is a barbarism; for it will be employed to the detriment of all the rest. So too the love of God.
It is not the strengths, but the durations of great sentiments that make great men.
There did he sit shrivelled in his chimney corner, fretting on account of his weak legs, world weary, will weary, and one day he suffocated through his excessive pity.
Only as an aesthetic product can the world be justified to all eternity.
I should not believe in a God who does not dance.
What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. Friedrich Nietzsch
Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.
Prejudice of the learned. - The learned judge correctly that people of all ages have believed they know what is good and evil, praise- and blameworthy. But it is a prejudice of the learned that we now know better than any other age.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
I hate who steals my solitude, without really offer me in exchange company.
He who speaks a bit of a foreign language has more delight in it than he who speaks it well; pleasure goes along with superficial knowledge.
Subordination to morality can be slavish or vain or self- interested or resigned or gloomily enthusiastic or thoughtless or an act of despair, just as subordination to a prince can be: in itself it is nothing moral.
Pity is extolled as the virtue of prostitutes.