If a man has character, he has also his typical experience, which always recurs.
One must be a sea, to receive a polluted stream without becoming impure.
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.
A living being seeks, above all, to discharge its strength. Life is will to power.
There is an old illusion. It is called good and evil.
One should never know too precisely whom one has married.
It is the evening that questions thus from within me.
Fathers and sons are much more considerate of one another than mothers and daughters.
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.
Men are cowards when it comes to the eternally feminine: and the little women know it.
So live your life of obedience and of war! What matter about long life! What warrior wisheth to be spared!
From which stars have we fallen to meet each other here?
Madness is not a consequence of uncertainty but of certainty.
Where there is the tree of knowledge, there is always Paradise: so say the most ancient and most modern serpents.
Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell.
Some men are born posthumously.
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?
Love, too, has to be learned.
If you know the why, you can live any how.
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.
Strong hope is a much greater stimulant of life than any single realised joy could be.
Some people do not become thinkers simply because their memories are too good.
I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.
Our greatest experiences are our quietest moments.
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 growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill-temper.
The value of a man can only be measured with regard to other men.
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.
No power can be maintained when it is only represented by hypocrites.
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.
No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
In solitude the lonely man is eaten up by himself, among crowds by the many.
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
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.
My solitude doesn't depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company.
Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute belongs to pathology.
First principle: one must need strength, otherwise one will never have it.
People live for the morrow, because the day-after-to-morrow is doubtful.
In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.
I measure the strength of a spirit by how much truth it can take.
We ought to face our destiny with courage.
Loneliness is one thing, solitude another.
The magnitude of a progress is gauged by the greatness of the sacrifice that it requires.
No conqueror believes in chance.
When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.
Happiness is the feeling that power increases -- that resistance is being overcome.
Surrounded by the flames of jealousy, the jealous one winds up, like the scorpion, turning the poisoned sting against himself.
I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.
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.
Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.
In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs man's torments.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.
The doer alone learneth.
Become who you are.
What is the seal of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.
The more you let yourself go, the less others let you go.
We are franker towards others than towards ourselves.
They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.
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.
What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
These people abstain, it is true: but the bitch Sensuality glares enviously out of all they do.
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.
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
Do whatever you will, but first be such as are able to will.
The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.
There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.
There are no moral phenomena at all, but only a moral interpretation of phenomena.
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!
One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their mother.
Women are considered deep -- why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow.
He who laughs best today, will also laugh last.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
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.
God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.
This is what is hardest: to close the open hand because one loves.
Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.
In music the passions enjoy themselves.
One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
Once spirit was God, then it became man, and now it is even becoming mob.
A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.
When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets.
What do you regard as most humane? To spare someone shame.
There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favors done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude.
Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory is too good.
It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
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