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!
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.
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!
Have you noticed there are no interesting people in heaven? -Just a hint to the girls as to where they can find their salvation.
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.
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.
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.
It is not in how one soul approaches another but in how it withdraws that I knowr its affinity and solidarity with the other.
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.
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.
With their virtues they want to scratch out the eyes of their enemies; and they elevate themselves only that they may lower others.
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.
Behold, I am weary of my wisdom,
like a bee that has gathered too much honey;
I need hands outstretched to receive it.
New ways I go, a new speech comes to me; weary I grow, like all creators, of the old tongues. My spirit no longer wants to walk on worn soles.
Annoyance is a physical malady that is in no way cured just because the annoying situation that causes it is eliminated.
Women are quite able to make friends with a man; but to preserve such a friendship -- that no doubt requires the assistance of a slight physical antipathy.
A good aphorism is too hard for the tooth of time, and is not worn away by all the centuries, although it serves as food for every epoch.
A good aphorism is too hard for the tooth of time, and is not worn away by all the centuries, although it serves as food for every epoch. Hence it is the greatest paradox in literature, the imperishable in the midst of change, the nourishment which always remains highly valued, as salt does, and never becomes stupid like salt.
The danger of our culture.- We belong to a period of which the culture is in danger of being destroyed by the appliances of culture.
The inclination to self-depreciation, to freely accepting being robbed, being duped, and being swindled, could be the modesty of a god among men.
It is not things, but opinions about things that have absolutely no existence, which have so deranged mankind!
Whoever possesses the will to suffering within himself has a different attitude towards cruelty: he does not regard it as inherently harmful and bad.
To have to fight the instincts -- that is the definition of decadence: as long as life is ascending, happiness equals instinct.
We are praised or blamed, as the one or the other may be expedient, for displaying to advantage our power of discernment.
But one thing is the thought, another thing is the deed, and another thing is the idea of the deed. The wheel of causality doth not roll between them.
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.
There will be but few people who, when at a loss for topics of conversation, will not reveal the more secret affairs of their friends.
The lack of closeness among friends is a fault that cannot be reprimanded without becoming incurable.
Let us not underestimate the privileges of the mediocre. As one climbs higher, life becomes ever harder, the coldness increases, responsibility increases.
In a seriously intended intellectual emancipation a person's mute passions and cravings also hope to find their advantage.
He who thinks a great deal is not suited to be a party man: he thinks his way through the party and out the other side too soon.
Not to be cowardly when it comes to our own actions! Not to leave them in the lurch! -- The sting of conscience is indecent.
A refined soul is distressed to know that someone owes it thanks; a crude soul, to know that it owes someone thanks.
Even today a crude sort of persecution is all that is required to create an honorable name for any sect, no matter how indifferent in itself.
Through searching out origins, one becomes a crab. The historian looks backwards, and finally he also believes backwards.
The discipline of suffering, of great suffering -- do you not know that it is this discipline alone that has produced all the elevations of humanity so far?
The discipline of suffering, of great suffering- do you not know that only this discipline has created all enhancements of man so far? That tension of the soul in unhappiness which cultivates its strength, its shudders face to face with great ruin, its inventiveness and courage in enduring, preserving, interpreting, and exploiting suffering, and whatever has been granted to it of profundity, secret, mask, spirit, cunning, greatness- was it not granted to it through suffering, through the discipline of great suffering?
Did you ever say yes to a pleasure? oh my friends, then you also said yes to all pain. all things are linked, entwined, in love with one another.
How do you expect to learn to dance when you have not even learned to walk! And above the dancer is still the flyer and his bliss.
Some men have sighed over the abduction of their wives, but many more have sighed because no one wanted to abduct theirs.
The humanity of famous intellectuals lies in being wrong with gracious courtesy when dealing with those who are not famous.
In pain there is as much wisdom as in pleasure: like the latter it is one of the best self preservatives of a species.
The best friend will probably acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is founded on the talent for friendship.
Dreadful experiences raise the question whether he who experiences them, is not something dreadful also.
Every virtue has its privilege: for example, that of contributing its own little bundle of wood to the funeral pyre of one condemned.
The weak and misbegotten shall perish: first principle of our brotherly love. And they shall be given every assistance.
We are in the greatest danger of being run over when we have just gotten out of the way of a carriage.
It is the music in our conscience, the dance in our spirit, to which Puritan litanies, moral sermons, and goody goodness won't chime.
Underneath the reality in which we live and have our being, another altogether different reality lies concealed.
I want to teach men the sense of their existence, which is the Superman, the lightning out of the dark cloud man.
Live so that thou mayest desire to live again -- that is thy duty -- for in any case thou wilt live again!
People who, out of an inborn moderation, leave every glass standing only half-emptied refuse to admit that everything in the world has its sediments and dregs.
The great periods of our life occur when we gain the courage to rechristen what is bad about us as what is best.
Reason is the cause of our falsification of the evidence of the senses. In so far as the senses show becoming, passing away, change, they do not lie.
A sure way to irritate people and to put evil thoughts into their heads is to keep them waiting a long time. This makes them immoral.
What does a philosopher demand of himself, first and last? To overcome his time in himself, to become timeless.
Towards gnats and fleas we should show no pity. We would do right to hang petty thieves, petty calumniators, and slanderers.
One who has given up any hope of winning a fight or has clearly lost it wants his style in fighting to be admired all the more.
There are two types of genius; one which above all begets and wants to beget, and another which prefers being fertilized and giving birth.
Do we smell nothing as yet of the divine decomposition? Gods, too, decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.
To the good warrior soundeth thou shalt pleasanter than I will. And all that is dear unto you, ye shall first have it commanded unto you.
Some mothers need happy children; others need unhappy ones-otherwise they cannot prove their maternal virtues.
How pleasant is the sound of even bad music and bad motives when we are setting out to march against an enemy!
Ah, there are so many things betwixt heaven and earth of which only the poets have dreamed!
Ah, there are so many things betwixt heaven and earth of which only the poets have dreamed!
And especially ABOVE the heavens: for all Gods are poet-symbolisations, poet-sophistications!
How much disgruntled heaviness, lameness, dampness, how much beer is there in the German intelligence.
Foolish is my happiness, and foolish things will it speak: it is still too young--so have patience with it!
The most dangerous physicians are those born actors who imitate born physicians with a perfectly deceptive guile.
Horrible experiences lead us to wonder whether the person who experiences them might not be something horrible.
And if ye cannot be saints of knowledge, then, I pray you, be at least its warriors. They are the companions and forerunners of such saintship.
And if a friend does you wrong, then say: I forgive you what you have done to me; that you have done it to yourself, however -- how could I forgive that!
But by my love and hope I beseech you: do not throw away the hero in your soul! Hold holy your highest hope!
The most fundamental form of human stupidity is forgetting what we were trying to do in the first place.
I love him who justifieth the future ones, and redeemeth the past ones: for he is willing to succumb through the present ones.
I love him who maketh his virtue his inclination and destiny: thus, for the sake of his virtue, he is willing to live on, or live no more.
I love him whose soul is deep even in the wounding.
I love him whose soul is deep even in the wounding, and may succumb through a small matter: thus goeth he willingly over the bridge.
I love him who desireth not too many virtues. One virtue is more of a virtue than two, because it is more of a knot for one's destiny to cling to.
I love him who reserveth no share of spirit for himself, but wanteth to be wholly the spirit of his virtue: thus walketh he as spirit over the bridge.
I love him who is ashamed when the dice fall in his favour, and who then asketh: Am I a dishonest player? -- for he is willing to succumb.
I love him who is of a free spirit and a free heart: thus is his head only the bowels of his heart; his heart, however, causeth his down-going.
I love him whose soul is so overfull that he forgetteth himself, and all things are in him: thus all things become his down-going.
After all, what would be beautiful if the contradiction had not first become conscious of itself, if the ugly had not first said to itself: I am ugly?
The surest sign that two people no longer speak the same language is that both say ironic things to one another but that neither senses the irony.
One lives for the day, one lives very fast, one lives very irresponsibly: precisely this is called freedom.
I have not come to know atheism as a result of logical reasoning and still less as an event in my life: in me it is a matter of instinct.
One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.
The one seeks a midwife to deliver his thoughts, the other, someone to assist: thus a good conversation comes into being.
It is obvious that all sense has gone out of modern marriage; which is, however, no objection to marriage but to modernity.
Thus I spoke, more and more softly; for I was afraid of my own thoughts and the thoughts behind my thoughts.
There was at all events one advantage in the choice of this day to my birth; my birthday throughout the whole of my childhood was a day of public rejoicing.
All great things must first wear terrifying and monstrous masks, in order to inscribe themselves on the hearts of humanity.
Many deeds are done so as to forget another deed: there are also opiate activities. I exist so that another will be forgotten.
Our destiny rules over us, even when we are not yet aware of it; it is the future that makes laws for our today.
And I offer you this parable: Not a few who sought to cast out their devil entered into the swine themselves.
But having quills is a waste, even a double luxury when one can choose not to have quills but open hands.
Yet where is your inner value when you no longer know what it is to breathe freely; when you no longer have freedom over your own selves.
Here the ways of men divide. If you wish to strive for peace of soul and happiness, then believe; if you wish to be a disciple of truth, then inquire.
A little poison now and then: that makes for pleasant dreams. And a lot of poison at the end, for a pleasant death.
If the all powerful god controls satan he is an accomplice, and if he doesn't, he is not an all powerful god.
This book belongs to the most rare of men. Perhaps not one of them is yet alive. First the day after tomorrow must come for me. Some men are born posthumously.
Let woman be a plaything, pure and fine, like a precious stone, illumined with the virtues of a world not yet come.
The rising and falling of the scales of pride and humility sustain the brooding mind as well as the alternations of desire and peace of the soul.
Only you must have worthy foes hate, but not enemies worthy of contempt. You must be proud of your enemy.
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