Man is the cruelest animal.
Man is the cruelest animal. At tragedies, bullfights, and crucifixions he has so far felt best on earth; and when he invented hell for himself, behold, that was his very heaven.
We set no special value on the possession of a virtue until we percieve that it is entirely lacking in our adversary.
Bad cooks -- and the utter lack of reason in the kitchen -- have delayed human development longest and impaired it most.
Since I grew weary of the search
I taught myself to find instead
Since cross winds caused my ship to lurch
I sail with all winds straight ahead.
We have to learn how to come out of unclean situations cleaner than we were, and even how to wash ourselves with dirty water whenwe need to.
It is nothing but fanaticism and beautiful soulism to expect very much (or even, much only) from humanity when it has forgotten how to wage war.
The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.
All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
Moral sensibilities are nowadays at such cross-purposes that to one man a morality is proved by its utility, while to another its utility refutes it.
One day soon you will meet a man, and he will rise like a phoenix from the ashes, and it is my greatest hope that he will not give you syphilis.
A soul that knows it is loved but does not itself love betrays its sediment: what is at bottom comes up.
For the objective of all human arrangements is through distracting one's thoughts to cease to be aware of life.
Man is something that should be overcome.
Man is something that shall be overcome.... Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman -- a rope over an abyss... What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end.
Spirit is life which itself cutteth into life: by its own torture doth it increase its own knowledge, -- did ye know that before?
It is not for nothing that one has been a philologist, perhaps one is a philologist still, that is to say, a teacher of slow reading.
For the creator to be himself the child that is newly born, he must also want to be the birth-giver and the pain of the birth-giver.
When we are awake we do the same thing as when we are dreaming: we
first invent and create the people we are dealing with -- and then forget it
A people is nature's roundabout way of getting six or seven great men. --
Yes: and then of getting around them.
A man who wills commands something within himself that renders obedience, or that he believes renders obedience.
Where I found the living, there I found the will to power; even in the will of servants I found the will to be master.
Nothing in life possesses value except the degree of power -- assuming that life itself is the will to power.
What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.
Ah, I cast indeed my net into their sea, and meant to catch good fish; but always did I draw up the head of some ancient God.
So live your life of obedience and of war! What matter about long life! What warrior wisheth to be spared!
Democracy represents the disbelief in all great men and in all elite societies: everybody is everybody's equal.
There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.
Thinking of yourself as a destiny, not wanting to be 'other' than you are -that is under such circumstances the highest wisdom.
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, ''I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?
We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves.
Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves. It is to preserve the distance which separates us from other men. To grow more indifferent to hardship, to severity, to privation, and even to life itself.
The end of a melody is not its goal; but nonetheless, if the melody had not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable.
Once the decision has been made, close your ear even to the best counter argument: sign of a strong character. Thus an occasional will to stupidity.
All I need is a sheet of paper
and something to write with, and then
I can turn the world upside down.
None of the people have any real interest in a science, who only begin to be enthusiastic about it when they themselves have made discoveries in it.
In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.
Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute belongs to pathology.
Surrounded by the flames of jealousy, the jealous one winds up, like the scorpion, turning the poisoned sting against himself.
A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions -- as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.
That one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backwards, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it… but love it.
The word Christianity is already a misunderstanding -- in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.
Whoever battles with monsters had better see that it does not turn him into a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.
Today I love myself as I love my god: who could charge me with a sin today? I know only sins against my god; but who knows my god?
Every church is a stone on the grave of a god-man: it does not want him to rise up again under any circumstances.
The world itself is the will to power -- and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power -- and nothing else!
Women are considered deep -- why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow.
What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.
What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.
Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favors done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude.
It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.
Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw.
What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering.
The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.
We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
The 'kingdom of Heaven' is a condition of the heart -- not something that comes 'upon the earth' or 'after death.'
Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
To be ashamed of one's immorality: that is a step on the staircase at whose end one is also ashamed of one's morality.
Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.
It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.
Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.
I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.
Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth... Through words and concepts we shall never reach beyond the wall off relations, to some sort of fabulous primal ground of things.
There are various eyes. Even the Sphinx has eyes: and as a result there are various truths, and as a result there is no truth.
Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.
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