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.

-Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche

Man is the only animal that must be encouraged to live.

Friedrich Nietzsche
What was formerly merely sickly now becomes indecent : it is indecent to be a Christian today.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A book calls for pen, ink, and a writing desk; today the rule is that pen, ink, and a writing desk call for a book.

Friedrich Nietzsche
But by my love and hope I beseech you: do not throw away the hero in your soul! Hold holy your highest hope!
Friedrich Nietzsche

Whether a man hides his bad qualities and vices or confesses them openly, his vanity wants to gain an advantage by it in both cases: just note how subtly he distinguishes between those he will hide his bad qualities from and those he will face honestly and candidly.

Friedrich Nietzsche
A lack of the historical sense is the hereditary fault of all philosophers.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Be careful when you cast out your demons that you don’t throw away the best of yourself.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Clever people are never credited with their follies: what a deprivation of human rights!
Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

Friedrich Nietzsche
About what we neither know nor feel precisely while awake-whether we have a good or a bad conscience toward a certain person-our dreams instruct us fully and unambiguously.