For fanaticism is the only form of willpower that even the weak and insecure can be brought to attain.
What I understand by philosopher: a terrible explosive in the presence of which everything is in danger.
What are man's truths ultimately? Merely his irrefutable errors.
Living in a constant chase after gain compels people to expend their spirit to the point of exhaustion.
Books for all the world are always foul-smelling books: the smell of small people clings to them.
Ye shall only have foes to be hated; but not foes to be despised: ye must be proud of your foes.
The followers of a great man often put their eyes out, so that they may be the better able to sing his praise.
Exhaustion is the shortest way to equality and fraternity.
Women want to serve, and this is where their happiness lies: but the free spirit does not want to be served, and this is where hishappiness lies.
Free will without fate is no more conceivable than spirit without matter, good without evil.
Many writers are neither spirit nor wine, but rather spirits- of-wine: they can catch fire, and then they give off heat.
There is nothing for which men ask to be paid dearer than for humiliation.
One pays dearly for being immortal: one must die many times during his life.
Precisely this is godliness -- that there are gods, but no God.
It is only those who know how to feel that this is not good who devise improvements.
In many people, incidentally, the gift of having good friends is much greater than the gift of being a good friend.
I live in my own place -- have never copied anyone even half, and at any master who lacks the grace -- to laugh at himself -- I laugh.
The sick are the greatest danger for the healthy; it is not from the strongest that harm comes to the strong, but from the weakest.
What have we in common with the rosebud, which trembles because a drop of dew is lying upon it?
One is fruitful only at the cost of being rich in contradictions.
In every age the wisest have passed the identical judgment on life: it is worthless.
Human, all too human.
Danger alone acquaints us with our own resources, our virtues, our armor and weapons, our spirit, and forces us to be strong.
He who denies himself much in great matters will readily indulge himself in small things.
Human life is inexplicable, and still without meaning: a fool may decide its fate.
It is a prejudice to think that morality is more favourable to the development of reason than immorality.
Insects sting, not from malice, but because they want to live. It is the same with critics; they desire our blood not our pain.
Physician, heal thyself: then wilt thou also heal thy patient. Let it be his best cure to see with his eyes him who maketh himself whole.
Many die too late, and some die too early. Yet strangers soundeth the precept: Die at the right time!
For nothing is more democratic than logic; it is no respecter of persons and makes no distinction between crooked and straight noses.
Morality is: the mediocre are worth more than the exceptions ... I abhore Christianity with a deadly hatred.
Where neither love nor hatred is in the game, a woman's game is mediocre.
And if you gaze for long enough into an abyss, the abyss gazes also gazes into you.
The child as a monument to the passion of two people; the will to oneness in two.
Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.
One is not converted to christianity; one must be morbid enough for it.
If that glad message of your Bible were written in your faces, you would not need to demand belief in the authority of that book in such stiff-necked fashion.
All that philosophers have handled for millennia has been conceptual mummies; nothing actual has ever escaped from their hands alive.
No small art is it to sleep: it is necessary for that purpose to keep awake all day.
However closely people are attached to one another, their mutual horizon nonetheless includes all four compass directions, and nowand again they notice it.
The great advantage in noble parentage is that enables one to endure poverty more easily.
We are noble, good, beautiful, and happy!
A philosophical mythology lies concealed in language, which breaks out again at every moment, no matter how cautious we may be.
In conversation we are sometimes confused by the tone of our own voice, and mislead to make assertions that do not at all correspond to our opinions.
The philosopher is lacking who interprets the deed and does not merely transpose it.
Every step forward is made at the cost of mental and physical pain to someone.
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.
Having a talent is not enough: one must also have your permission to have it -- right, my friends?
Pathetic attitudes are not in keeping with greatness.
That roguish and cheerful vice, politeness.
Every fact and every work exercises a fresh persuasion over every age and every new species of man. History always enunciates new truths.
A hearty meal is easier to digest than one that is too small.
Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones but by extreme positions of the opposite kind.
One who dresses in rags that have been washed clean dresses cleanly to be sure, but raggedly nonetheless.
The sensible author writes for no other posterity than his own -- that is, for his age -- so as to be able even then to take pleasurein himself.
The child is innocence and forgetting, a new beginning, a game, a wheel rolling on its own, a prime movement, a sacred Yes.
So long as men praise you, you can only be sure that you are not yet on your own true path but on someone else's.
As though the Truth were such an innocent and incompetent creature as to require protectors!
The quality of a marriage is proven by its ability to tolerate an occasional exception.
Without meaning, without substance, without aim: a mere 'public opinion'.
Brave people may be persuaded to an action by representing it as being more dangerous than it really is.
He who obeys, does not listen to himself!
The rights which a man arrogates to himself are relative to the duties which he sets himself, and to the tasks which he feels capable of performing.
Assuming that we have trained our imagination to denounce the past, we will not suffer much from unfulfilled wishes.
Respectability offends my taste.
They would have to sing better songs for me to learn to have faith in their Redeemer; and his disciples would have to look more redeemed!
I will believe in the Redeemer when the Christians look a little more redeemed.
Creation is the great redemption from suffering and all life's growing light. But the creator must be suffering if needed and accept much change.
Righteousness exalteth a nation.
Never to talk about oneself is a very refined form of hypocrisy.
Only where there are graves are there resurrections.
There are the spiritually consumptive ones: hardly are they born when they begin to die, and long for doctrines of lassitude and renunciation.
If ye would go up high, then use your own legs! Do not get yourselves carried aloft; do not seat yourselves on other people's backs and heads!
The flame is not as bright to itself as it is to those it illuminates: so too the sage.
Have you noticed there are no interesting people in heaven? -Just a hint to the girls as to where they can find their salvation.
The higher culture an individual attains, the less field there is left for mockery and scorn.
Every man who has declared that some other man is an ass or a scoundrel, gets angry when the other man conclusively shows that the assertion was erroneous.
Each word of Heraclitus expresses the pride and the majesty of truth, but of truth grasped in intuitions rather than attained by the rope ladder of logic.
Your only problem, perhaps, is that you scream without letting yourself cry.
When one rows it is not the rowing which moves the ship: rowing is only a magical ceremony by means of which one compels a demon to move the ship.
Where the past is venerated the clean and those who clean things up should be kept out. Piety is never happy without a little dust, dirt, and rubbish.
Impoliteness is frequently the sign of an awkward modesty that loses its head when surprised and hopes to conceal this with rudeness.
Compassion for the friend should conceal itself under a hard shell.
One does not hate as long as one has a low esteem of someone, but only when one esteems him as an equal or a superior.
The abdomen is the reason why man does not easily take himself for a god.
Speaking is a beautiful folly; with that man dances over all things.
When you stare into an abyss for a long time, the abyss also stares into you.
It is not in how one soul approaches another but in how it withdraws that I knowr its affinity and solidarity with the other.
When we cannot stand certain people, we try to have suspicions about them.
Help thyself: then everyone will help thee too. Principle of Christian charity.
Whatever the State saith is a lie; whatever it hath is a theft: all is counterfeit in it, the gnawing, sanguinary, insatiate monster.
It is certainly not the least charm of a theory that it is refutable.
It is certainly not the least charm of a theory that it is refutable; it is precisely thereby that it attracts the more subtle minds. It seems that the hundred-times-refuted theory of the "free will" owes its persistence to this charm alone; some one is always appearing who feels himself strong enough to refute it.
Do you love tragedies and everything that breaks the heart?
Our sense of the tragic waxes and wanes with our sensuality.
No one dies of fatal truths nowadays: there are too many antidotes.
A man who whinnies with noisy laughter, surpasses all the animals in vulgarity.
We are most unfair to God; we do not allow Him to sin.
Every master has but one disciple, and that one becomes unfaithful to him, for he too is destined for master-ship.
Curiosity creeps into the houses of the unfortunate and the needy under the name of duty or of pity.
If virtue goes to sleep, it will be more vigorous when it awakes.
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