It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.
To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
Fear is the mother of morality.
A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still: you must not want to see everything.
Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
Germany is a great nation only because its people have so much Polish blood in their veins.
Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.
Egoism is the very essence of a noble soul.
When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one.
Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?
In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.
The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw.
What then in the last resort are the truths of mankind? They are the irrefutable errors of mankind.
No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering.
Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend.
The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.
There is a rollicking kindness that looks like malice.
We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.
He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
The 'kingdom of Heaven' is a condition of the heart -- not something that comes 'upon the earth' or 'after death.'
Faith: not wanting to know what is true.
One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
Necessity is not an established fact, but an interpretation.
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.
This is the hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver.
All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
Before the effect one believes in different causes than one does after the effect.
Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.
Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises.
We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.
Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.
A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
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?
What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue, this is human madness.
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
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.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
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.
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.
The future influences the present just as much as the past.
We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Without music, life would be a mistake... I would only believe in a God who knew how to dance.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
Mystical explanations are thought to be deep; the truth is that they are not even shallow.
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.
There cannot be a God because if there were one, I could not believe that I was not He.
Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.
All truth is simple... is that not doubly a lie?
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
Behind all their personal vanity, women themselves always have an impersonal contempt for women.
Art raises its head where creeds relax.
Woman was God's second mistake.
Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'.
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