What I really want from Music: That it be cheerful and profound like an afternoon in October...
How much disgruntled heaviness, lameness, dampness, how much beer is there in the German intelligence.
I love those who do not know how to live, except by going under, for they are those who cross over.
All truth is simple... is that not doubly a lie?
That is an artist as I would have an artist be, modest in his needs: he really wants only two things, his bread and his art--panemet Circen.
Whoever regards human beings as a herd and flees them as swiftly as he can will no doubt be overtaken by them and impaled on theirhorns.
Behold! I am weary of my wisdom, like the bee that has gathered too much honey; I need hands outstretched to take it from me. I wish to spread it and bestow it, until the wise have once more become joyous in their folly, and the poor happy in their riches.
Nothing can be done about it: every master has but a single pupil--and he will not stay loyal to him--for he is also destined to become a master.
Ah, there are so many things betwixt heaven and earth of which only the poets have dreamed!
We should conserve evil just as we should conserve the forests. It is true that by thinning and clearing the forests the earth grew warmer.
Human existence basically isâ”€â”€a never to be completed imperfect tense.
Rational thought is interpretation according to a scheme which we cannot escape.
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
Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age he would have repudiated his doctrine.
Industriousness and conscientiousness are often at odds, because industriousness wants to pick the still sour fruit from the tree,while conscientiousness lets it hang there too long, until it falls and bruises.
The more a person indulges himself the less others are willing to indulge him.
The Great Man... is colder, harder, less hesitating, and without fear of 'opinion'; he lacks the virtues that accompany respect and 'respectability,' and altogether everything that is the 'virtue of the herd.' If he cannot lead, he goes alone... He knows he is incommunicable: he finds it tasteless t
Once upon a time, in some out of the way corner of that universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever beasts invented knowing.
I will believe in the Redeemer when the Christians look a little more redeemed.
Profundity of thought belongs to youth, clarity of thought to old age.
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
Our crime against criminals lies in the fact that we treat them like rascals.
Life, and you, and I, and all of us together became for a while interesing to ourselves once more.
The complete irresponsibility of man for his actions and his nature is the bitterest drop which he who understands must swallow.
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
When self control is lacking in small things, the ability to apply it to matters of importance withers away. Every day in which one does not at least deny himself some trifle is badly spent and a threat to the day following.
O my brothers, am I then cruel? But I say: that which is falling should also be pushed!
The greatest cure for love is still that time honoured medicine - love returned.
One is not converted to christianity; one must be morbid enough for it.
Whatever a theologian regards as true must be false: there you have almost a criterion of truth.