He who recites dramatic works makes discoveries about his own character.
Thou seekest disciples? Then thou seekest ciphers.
Even great spirits have only their five-fingers' breadth of experience - just beyond it their thinking ceases and their endless empty space and stupidity begins.
Like tourists huffing and puffing to reach the peak we forget the view on the way up.
A heart full of courage and cheerfulness needs a little danger from time to time, or the world gets unbearable.
I want to know whether you are a person devoted to creating or to exchanging in some respect or other: as a creator you belong tothe free, as an exchanger you are their slave and instrument.
Few serve truth in truth because only few have the pure will to be just, and of those again very few have the strength to be just.
I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things:â€”then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love from henceforth!
Judgments, value judgments concerning life, for or against, can in the last resort never be true: they possess value only as symptoms, they come into consideration only as symptoms - in themselves such judgments are stupidities.
Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man - the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.
Every past is worth condemning.
A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still: you must not want to see everything.
It is only those who know how to feel that "this is not good" who devise improvements.
The strength required for the vision of the most powerful reality is not only compatible with the most powerful strength for action, for monstrous action, for crime - it even presupposes it.
Through searching out origins, one becomes a crab. The historian looks backwards, and finally he also believes backwards.
Go through the towns and ask yourselves whether these people should reproduce! Let them go to their whores!
Let us guard against saying that there are laws in nature. There are merely necessities: there is no one who commands, no one whoobeys, no one who transgresses. Once you understand that there are no purposes, then you also understand that nothing is accidental: for it is only in a world of purposes
We are in the greatest danger of being run over when we have just gotten out of the way of a carriage.
One should not wish to enjoy where one does not give joy.
There is perhaps nothing so admirable in Christianity and Buddhism as their art of teaching even the lowest to elevate themselves by piety to a seemingly higher order of things, and thereby to retain their satisfaction with the actual world in which they find it difficult enough to live - this very
Science is about finding ever better approximations rather than pretending you have already found ultimate truth.A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. Friedrich Nietz
They call you heartless; but you have a heart and I love you for being ashamed to show it.
Strength is the morality of the man who stands out from the rest, and it is mine.
Since men do not really respect anything unless it was established long ago and has developed slowly over time, those who want tokeep on living after their death must take worry not only about their future generations but even more about their past: that is why tyrants of all kinds (including tyrann
What then in the last resort are the truths of mankind? They are the irrefutable errors of mankind.
Nobody can build the bridge for you to walk across the river of life, no one but you yourself alone. There are, to be sure, countless paths and bridges and demi-gods which would carry you across this river; but only at the cost of yourself; you would pawn yourself and lose. There is in the world onl
Thinking about suicide is a potent consolation: it helps us to get through many a bad night.
The strongest have their moments of fatigue.
Childhood and youth are ends in themselves, not stages.