You lack the courage to be consumed in flames and to become ashes: so you will never become new, and never young again!
The disgust with dirt can be so great that it keeps us from cleaning ourselves -- from justifying ourselves.
There is a certain right by which we many deprive a man of life, but none by which we may deprive him of death; this is mere cruelty.
Against war it may be said that it makes the victor stupid and the vanquished revengeful.
Against war one might say that it makes the victor stupid and the vanquished malicious. In its favor, that in producing these two effects it barbarizes, and so makes the combatants more natural. For culture it is a sleep or a wintertime, and man emerges from it stronger for good and for evil.
What an age experiences as evil is usually an untimely reverberation echoing what was previously experienced as good -- the atavismof an older ideal.
The best of all things is something entirely outside your grasp: not to be born, not to be, to be nothing. But the second-best thing for you -- is to die soon.
Lust and self-mutilation are closely related impulses. There are also self-mutilators among knowers: they do not want to be creators under any circumstances.
And so while dreams are the individual man's play with reality, the sculptor's art is (in a broader sense) the play with dreams.
All contempt for the sexual life, all denigration under the concept 'impure is the essential crime against Life- against the Holy Spirit of Life.
Every achievement, every step forward in knowledge, is the consequence of courage, of toughness towards oneself, of sincerity to oneself.
He who speaks a bit of a foreign language has more delight in it than he who speaks it well; pleasure goes along with superficial knowledge.
The poison by which the weaker nature is destroyed is strengthening to the strong individual and he does not call it poison.
We must understand how to hide in darkness in order to escape the gnat-swarms of utterly annoying admirers.
Lust is only a sweet poison for the weakling, but for those who will with a lion's heart it is the reverently reserved wine of wines.
I was in darkness, but I took three steps and found myself in paradise. The first step was a good thought, the second, a good word; and the third, a good deed.
With one more talent one frequently stands with greater instability than with one less, as a table stands better on three legs than on four.
What good is all this free-thinking, modernity, and turncoat flexibility if at some gut level you are still a Christian, a Catholic, and even a priest!
Give me today, for once, the worst throw of your dice, destiny. Today I transmute everything into gold.
The more thoroughly a person understands life, the less he will mock, though in the end he might still mock the thoroughness of his understanding.
We are, all of us, growing volcanoes that approach the hour of their eruption, but how near or distant that is, nobody knows- not even God.
Laughter means: taking a mischievous delight in someone else's uneasiness, but with a good conscience.
A very popular error: having the courage of one's convictions; rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack on one's convictions.
The most vulnerable and yet most unconquerable of things is human vanity; nay, through being wounded its strength increases and can grow to giant proportions.
The ability to suffer is a small matter -- weak women and even slaves can achieve virtuosity in that.
How little is required for pleasure! The sound of a bagpipe -- without music, life would be an error.
This crown to crown the laughing man, this rose-wreath crown: I myself have set this crown upon my head, I myself have pronounced my laughter holy.
Similes, are all names of good and evil; they do not speak out, they only hint. A fool who seeketh knowledge from them!
Willing sets you free: that is the true doctrine of will and freedom -- thus Zarathustra instructs you.
Worldly Wisdom Do not stay in the field! Nor climb out of sight. The best view of the world Is from a medium height.
When one is young, one venerates and despises without that art of nuances which constitutes the best gain of life.
When one is young, one venerates and despises without that art of nuances which constitutes the best gain of life, and it is only fair that one has to pay dearly for having assaulted men and things in this manner with Yes and No. Everything is arranged so that the worst of tastes, the taste for the unconditional, should be cruelly fooled and abused until a man learns to put a little art into his feelings and rather to risk trying even what is artificial — as the real artists of life do.
Does not the discipline of the scientific spirit just commence when one no longer harbours any conviction?
The great works are produced in such an ecstasy of love that they must always be unworthy of it, however great their worth otherwise.
One must never have spared oneself, one must have acquired hardness as a habit to be cheerful and in good spirits in the midst of nothing but hard truths.
The great man fights the elements in his time that hinder his own greatness, in other words his own freedom and sincerity.
One never dives into the water to save a drowning man more eagerly than when there are others present who dare not take the risk.
The complete irresponsibility of man for his actions and his nature is the bitterest drop which he who understands must swallow.
Every profound spirit needs a mask.
Every profound spirit needs a mask: even more, around every profound spirit a mask is continually growing.
Genuine historical knowledge requires nobility of character, a profound understanding of human existence -- not detachment and objectivity.
Without cruelty there is no festival: thus the longest and most ancient part of human history teaches and in punishment there is so much that is festive!
I welcome all the signs indicating that a more manly and warlike age is commencing, which will, above all, bring heroism again into honour!
Not their love of humanity, but the impotence of their love, prevents the Christians of today -- burning us.
Active, successful natures act, not according to the maxim, know thyself, but as if prompted by the commandment: will a self, and so become a self.
One's own self is well hidden from one's own self; of all mines of treasure, one's own is the last to be dug up.
And this do I call immaculate perception of all things: to want nothing else from them, but to be allowed to lie before them as a mirror with a hundred facets.
My philosophy is inverted Platonism: the further a thing is from true being, the purer, the lovelier, the better it is. Living inillusion as a goal!
Iron necessity is a thing which in the course of history men come to see as neither iron nor necessary.
The most serious parody I have ever heard was this: In the beginning was nonsense, and the nonsense was with God, and the nonsense was God.
Probability but no truth, facility but no freedom -- it is owing to these two fruits that the tree of knowledge cannot be confused with the tree of life.
Sometimes in conversation the sound of our own voice distracts us and misleads us into making assertions that in no way express our true opinions.
One must not let oneself be misled: they say 'Judge not!' but they send to Hell everything that stands in their way.
Many are obstinate with regard to the pathway once they have set upon it, few with regard to the goal.
The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it. -- What does not destroy makes me stronger.
If there is to be art, if there is to be any aesthetic doing and seeing, one physiological condition is indispensable: frenzy.
Seducing one's neighbor to a good opinion and then afterwards believing devoutly in this neighbor's opinion -- who can match women in this clever ploy?
We must repay goodness and wickedness: but why exactly to the person who has done us a good or a wicked turn?
Immortal is the moment when I engendered the recurrence. For the sake of this moment I bear the recurrence.
Those that achieve anything that looks beyond the vision and thinking of their peers provoke jealousy and hatred disguised as the ordinary.
Men who think deeply appear to be comedians in their dealings with others because they always have to feign superficiality in order to be understood.
That the world is a divine game and beyond good and evil:Min this the Vedanta philosophy and Heraclitus are my predecessors.
That lies should be necessary to life is part and parcel of the terrible and questionable character of existence.
A letter is an unannounced visit, the postman the agent of rude surprises. One ought to reserve an hour a week for receiving letters and afterwards take a bath.
The charm of the Platonic mode of thought ... consisted precisely in the resistance to the obvious evidence of the senses.
A high civilization is a pyramid: it can stand only on a broad base; its primary prerequisite is a strong and soundly consolidated mediocrity.
If a man wishes to become a hero, then the serpent must first become a dragon: otherwise he lacks his proper enemy.
A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.
In the stream.- Mighty waters draw much stone and rubble along with them; mighty spirits many stupid and bewildered heads.
What is happening to me happens to all fruits that grow ripe.
It is the honey in my veins that makes my blood thicker, and my soul quieter.
As a human being Plato mingles regal, exclusive, and self-contained features with melancholy compassion.
The best belongs to me and mine; and if we are not given it, we take it: the best food, the purest sky, the most robust thoughts, the fairest women!
We must take precautions against being prematurely honed sharp -- since at the same time we are being prematurely honed thin.
There is a stupid humility that is quite common and when a person is afflicted with it, he is once and for all disqualified for being a disciple of knowledge.
The love of one sole being is a barbarism; for it will be employed to the detriment of all the rest. So too the love of God.
Courage is the best slayer -- courage which attacketh, for in every attack there is the sound of triumph.
A real fox calls sour not only those grapes that he cannot reach but also those that he has reached and taken away from others.
What saved me then? Nothing but pregnancy. And each time after I had given birth to my work my life hung suspended by a thin thread.
Throw roses into the abyss and say: 'here is my thanks to the monster who didn't succeed in swallowing me alive.
Every man has his price. This is not true. But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.
Every man has his price. This is not true. But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing. To win over certain people to something, it is only necessary to give it a gloss of love of humanity, nobility, gentleness, self-sacrifice -- and there is nothing you cannot get them to swallow. To their souls, these are the icing, the tidbit; other kinds of souls have others.
They climb the mountain like beasts, stupid and sweating; it seems that no one bothered to tell them that there are beautiful vistas along the way.
Spirit is the life that itself cuts into life: with its own torment it increases its own knowledge. Did you already know that?
Full is the earth of the superfluous; marred is life by the many-too-many. May they be decoyed out of this life by the life eternal!
And when your soul becometh great, then doth it become haughty, and in your sublimity there is wickedness.
The most unequivocal sign of contempt for man is to regard everybody merely as a means to one's own ends, or of no account whatever.
What does it matter whether I am shown to be right! I am right too much! -- And he who laughs best today will also laugh last.
A heart full of courage and cheerfulness needs a little danger from time to time, or the world gets unbearable.
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.
It is not when it is dangerous to tell the truth that its advocates are hardest to find, but when it is boring.
Courageous, unconcerned, scornful, coercive -- so wisdom wisheth us; she is a woman, and ever loveth only a warrior.
That which intoxicates, the sensually ecstatic, the sudden surprise, the urge to be profoundly stirred at any price -- dreadful tendencies!
It is doubtful whether anyone who has travelled widely has found anywhere in the world regions more ugly than in the human face.
The State is the coldest of all cold monsters, and coldly it tells lies, and this lie drones on from its mouth: 'I, the State, am the people'.
The consequences of our actions take hold of us, quite indifferent to our claim that meanwhile we have 'improved.
There is always some madness in love.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
There would be no sunshine in society if the born flatterers, I mean the so-called amiable people, did not bring it in with them.
How lovely it is that there are words and sounds. Are not words and sounds rainbows and illusive bridges between things which are eternally apart?
I overcame myself, the sufferer; I carried my own ashes to the mountains; I invented a brighter flame for myself.
Three metamorphoses of the spirit I relate to you: how the spirit becomes a camel; and the camel, a lion; and the lion, finally, a child.
The higher man is distinguished from the lower by his fearlessness and his readiness to challenge misfortune.
I believe only in French culture and consider everything in Europe that calls itself 'culture' a misunderstanding, not to speak of German culture.
Nobody thanks a witty man for politeness when he puts himself on a par with a society in which it would not be polite to show one's wit.
The most dangerous follower is the one whose defection would destroy the whole party: hence, the best follower.
Untroubled, scornful, outrageous -- that is how wisdom wants us to be: she is a woman and never loves anyone but a warrior.
Live dangerously. Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius.
I demand from a book harmony as unity and moderation; that determines the choice of words, the type and number of metaphors, the development and conclusion.
I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.
Everyone thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed.
Life is a well of joy; but for those out of whom an upset stomach speaks, which is the father of melancholy, all wells are poisoned.
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