Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

All modern philosophizing is political policed by governments churches academics custom fashion and human cowardice all off which limit it to a fake learnedness.

Egoism is the law of perspective applied to feelings: what is closest appears large and weighty and as one moves farther away size and weight decrease.

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.

When you look into an abyss the abyss also looks into you.

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss the abyss will gaze back into you.

If you stare into the Abyss long enough the Abyss stares back at you.

When you gaze long into the Abyss of Sustainability the Abyss of Sustainability also gazes into you.

My abyss speaks I have turned my ultimate depth into light!

Man is a rope tied between beast and Superman--a rope over an abyss.

When you stare into an abyss for a long time the abyss also stares into you.

...throw roses into the abyss and say: 'here is my thanks to the monster who didn't succeed in swallowing me alive.

He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss the abyss will gaze into you.

Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman-a rope over an abyss. A dangerous crossing a dangerous wayfaring a dangerous looking-back a dangerous trembling and halting

Battle not with Hello Kitty lest ye become Hello Kitty; and if you gaze into the abyss the abyss gazes into you with huge eyes and a helpless disposition.

There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favors done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude.

Cynicism is the only form in which base souls approach honesty.

The apprentice and the master love the master in different ways.

There is always a certain noise in applause: even in the applause we give ourselves.

Aphorisms should be peaks - and those who are addressed tall and lofty. The air thin and pure danger near and the spirit full of gay sarcasm: these go well together.

Whoever writes in blood and aphorisms wants not to be learned but to be learned by heart.

Beyond Good and Evil Aphorism 153

Belief in form but disbelief in content - that's what makes an aphorism charming.

Man is more ape than many of the apes.

What? A great man? I only ever see the ape of his own ideal.

Once you were apes yet even now man is more of an ape than any of the apes.

What is the ape to man? A laughing-stock or a painful embarrassment. And just that shall man be for the superman: a laughing-stockor a painful embarrassment.

For let us not underestimate the Christian: the Christian false to the point of innocence is far above the ape-regarding Christians a well known theory of descent becomes a mere compliment.

I looked for great men but all I found were the apes of their ideals.

The disappointed one speaks. I searched for great human beings; I always found only the apes of their ideals.

What a school of politeness is such a contemplation of the past! To take everything objectively to be angry at nothing to love nothing to understand everything-- makes one gentle and pliable.

Among twelve apostles there must always be one who is as hard as stone so that the new church may be built upon him.

If a woman seeks education it is probably because her sexual apparatus is malfunctioning.

The reasons for which 'this' world has been characterized as 'apparent' are the very reasons which indicate its reality; any other kind of reality is absolutely indemonstrable.

Moderation sees itself as beautiful; it is unaware that in the eye of the immoderate it appears black and sober and consequently ugly-looking.

To call a thing good not a day longer than it appears to us good and above all not a day earlier - that is the only way to keep joy pure.

Vanity is the fear of appearing original: it is thus a lack of pride but not necessarily a lack of originality.

Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?

I have not the capability to give you my loyalty nor do I have the vanity to appear as if I did.

The higher you ascend the smaller you appear to the eye of envy. But most of all they hate those who fly.

There is a universal need to exercise some kind of power or to create for one's self the appearance of some power if only temporarily in the form of intoxication.

All signs of superhuman nature appear in man as illness or insanity.

The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.

Every man in creating the beautiful appearance of the dream worlds is a perfect artist.

When one thinks profusely and cleverly not only his face but his body too takes on a clever appearance.

Woman is essentially unpeaceful like the cat however well she may have trained herself to present an appearance of peace.

Whoever possesses abundant joy must be a good man: but he is probably not the cleverest man although he achieves exactly what it is that the cleverest man strives with all his cleverness to achieve.

Around the hero everything becomes a tragedy.Around God everything becomes what? a world?

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.

Rendering oneself unarmed when one had been the best-armed out of a height of feeling-that is the means to real peace which must always rest on a peace of mind.

The destiny of mankind is arranged for happy moments every life has such but not for happy times.

The vain.- We are like shop windows in which we are continually arranging concealing or illuminating the supposed qualities other ascribe to us - in order to deceive ourselves.

One thing a man must have: either a naturally light disposition or a disposition lightened by art and knowledge.

There is one thing one has to have either a soul that is cheerful by nature or a soul made cheerful by work love art and knowledge....

Art is the great stimulus to life.

Art is the proper task of life.

The essence of all beautiful art all great art is gratitude.

Sleep is no mean art.

I love him who loveth his virtue: for virtue is the will to down-going and an arrow of longing.

One can only be silent and sit peacefully when one hath arrow and bow; otherwise one prateth and quarrelleth. Let your peace be a victory!

The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.

I love those who do not first seek a reason beyond the stars for going down and being sacrifices but sacrifice themselves to the earth that the earth of the Superman may hereafter arrive.

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.

Our drives are reducible to the will to power. The will to power is the ultimate fact at which we arrive.

A nation is a detour of nature to arrive at five or six great men- yes and then to get around them.

I fear that with our current veneration for the natural and the real we have arrived at the opposite pole to all idealism and have landed in the region of the waxworks.

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!

If an architect wants to strengthen a decrepit arch he increases the load laid upon it for thereby the parts are joined more firmly together.

What is bad? -Everything that arises from weakness.

Every extension of knowledge arises from making the conscious the unconscious.

The grand style arises when beauty wins a victory over the monstrous.

An important species of pleasure and therewith the source of morality arises out of habit.

When virtue has slept it will arise more vigorous.

When virtue has slept it will arise again all the fresher.

The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.

A labyrinthine man never seeks the truth but only his Ariadne.

After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands

The really royal calling of the philosopher (as expressed by Alcuin the Anglo-Saxon): To correct what is wrong and strengthen the right and raise what is holy.

One does not kill by anger but by laughter.

It is no doubt possible to fly--but first you must know how to dance like an angel.

Man is the cruelest animal.

Man is the only animal that must be encouraged to live.

Animals know nothing of themselves and they also know nothing of the world.

Without the errors involved in the assumptions of ethics man would have remained an animal. Thus has he taken himself as something higher and imposed rigid laws upon himself.

Man however is the most courageous animal: thereby has he overcome every animal. With sound of triumph has he overcome every pain; human pain however is the sorest pain.

Perhaps no philosopher is more correct than the cynic. The happiness of the animal that thorough cynic is the living proof of cynicism.

Society tames the wolf into a dog. And man is the most domesticated animal of all.

Without the errors which lie in the assumption of morality man would have remained an animal.

Today a man of knowledge might well feel as though he were God transformed into an animal.

A man recovers best from his exceptional nature - his intellectuality - by giving his animal instincts a chance.

Truth as Circe. - Error has transformed animals into men; is truth perhaps capable of changing man back into an animal?

you must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?

What do you believe in?--In this that the weights of all things must be determined anew.

In the last analysis even the best man is evil: in the last analysis even the best woman is bad.

The overman...Who has organized the chaos of his passions given style to his character and become creative. Aware of life's terrors he affirms life without resentment.

It is not things but opinions about things that have absolutely no existence which have so deranged mankind!

The anarchist and the Christian have a common origin.

Everything the State says is a lie and everything it has it has stolen.

Where there is the tree of knowledge there is always Paradise: so say the most ancient and most modern serpents.

The Devil has the broadest perspectives for God; therefore he keeps so far away from God -- the Devil being the most ancient friend of wisdom

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!

In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.

The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence rather a condition of it.

Antithesis is the narrow gateway through which error most prefers to worm its way towards truth.

A woman may very well form a friendship with a man but for this to endure it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.

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 great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness.

The Antichrist Section 7

Christianity remains to this day the greatest misfortune of humanity.

Let man fear woman when she loves: then she makes any sacrifice and everything else seems without value to her

Only ideas won by walking have any value.

If you know the why you can live any how.

... art approaches as a saving sorceress expert at healing. She alone knows how to turn these nauseous thoughts about the horror or absurdity of existence into notions with which one can live.

One who has a why can endure anyhow.

One never perishes through anybody but oneself.

The man who meets with a failure attributes this failure rather to the ill will of another than to fate.

The same passions in man and woman nonetheless differ in tempo; hence man and woman do not cease misunderstanding one another.

I am one thing my writings are another.

Loneliness is one thing solitude another.

The desire to annoy no one to harm no one can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.

Annoyance is a physical malady that is in no way cured just because the annoying situation that causes it is eliminated.

The more abstract the truth you wish to teach the more you need to seduce the senses to it.

For as long as they praise you never forget that it is not yet your own path that you walk but another person's.

We talk so abstractly about poetry because all of us are usually bad poets.

We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.

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.

Never to read another book that was born and baptized (with ink) at the same time.

Wherever on earth the religious neurosis has appeared we find it tied to three dangerous dietary demands: solitude fasting and sexual abstinence.

The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.

I notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.

Man's task is simple. He should cease letting his existence be a thoughtless accident.

There is something laughable about the sight of authors who enjoy the rustling folds of long and involved sentences: they are trying to cover up their feet.

If that glad message of your Bible were written in your faces you would not need to demand belief in the authority of that book in such stiff-necked fashion.

The wittiest authors evoke a barely perceptible smile.

The wittiest authors raise the very slightest of smiles.

Virtues are dangerous as vices insofar as they are allowed to rule over one as authorities and not as qualities one develops oneself.

The Refinement of Shame. People are not ashamed to think something foul but they are ashamed when they think these foul thoughts are attributed to them.

One will seldom go wrong if one attributes extreme actions to vanity average ones to habit and pretty ones to fear.

I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.

Every attainment every step forward in knowledge follows from courage from hardness against oneself from cleanliness in relation to oneself.

He who attains his ideal precisely thereby surpasses it.

The higher culture an individual attains the less field there is left for mockery and scorn.

The value of a thing sometimes lies not in what one attains with it but in what one pays for it - what it costs us

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.

For fanaticism is the only form of willpower that even the weak and insecure can be brought to attain.

Who can attain to anything great if he does not feel in himself the force and will to inflict great pain?

No one can draw more out of things books included than he already knows. A man has no ears for that to which experience has given him no access.

The living is a species of the dead; and not a very attractive one.

I hate you most because you attract but are not strong enough to pull me to you.

Pathetic attitudes are not in keeping with greatness.

Under conditions of peace the warlike man attacks himself.

If the all powerful god controls satan he is an accomplice and if he doesn't he is not an all powerful god.

Spiritual strength and passion when accompanied by bad manners only provoke loathing.

The advent of the Christian God as the maximum god attained so far was therefore accompanied by the maximum feeling of guilty indebtedness on earth.

One may sometimes tell a lie but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.

The arrogance that accompanies merit offends us even more than the arrogance of people who are lacking in merit: since merit itself offends us.

One can lie with the mouth but with the accompanying grimace one nevertheless tells the truth.

We feign pity when we want to demonstrate our ascendancy over feelings of hostility: but usually in vain. Whenever we notice this there is an accompanying surge in those hostile sensations.

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.

And 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.

Impoliteness is frequently the sign of an awkward modesty that loses its head when surprised and hopes to conceal this with rudeness.

In what does the objective measure of value lie? In the quantum of enhanced and organized power alone in accordance with what occurs in all occurrence a will to increase.

We count the courtesies accorded us by unpopular people as offenses.

Life is an instinct for growth for survival for the accumulation of forces for power.

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.

To think historically is almost the same thing now as if in all ages history had been made according to theory.

Rational thought is interpretation according to a scheme which we cannot escape.

We have no dreams at all or interesting ones. We should learn to be awake the same way- not at all or in an interesting manner

And once you are awake you shall remain awake eternally.

You must await your thirst and allow it to become complete: otherwise you will never discover your spring which can never be anyone else's!

Compulsion precedes morality indeed morality itself is compulsion for a time to which one submits for the avoidance of pain.

How did reason come into the world? As is fitting in an irrational manner by accident. One will have to guess at it as at a riddle. the bottom of all these noble races the beast of prey the splendid blond beast prowling about avidly in search of spoil and victory...

Faith means the will to avoid knowing what is true.

the voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls

He divines remedies against injuries; he knows how to turn serious accidents to his own advantage; whatever does not kill him makes him stronger

Narrow souls I cannot abide; There's almost no good or evil inside

An attack on the roots of passion means an attack on the roots of life.

Courage is the best slayer - courage which attacketh for in every attack there is the sound of triumph.

The consequence is that every man comes to know himself solely in terms of his power for defence and attack.

We attack not only to hurt someone to defeat him but perhaps also simply to become conscious of our own strength.

Instinct. When the house burns one forgets even lunch. Yes but one eats it later in the ashes.

I overcame myself the sufferer; I carried my own ashes to the mountains; I invented a brighter flame for myself.

You lack the courage to be consumed in flames and to become ashes: so you will never become new and never young again!

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.

And as long as you are in any way ashamed before yourself you do not yet belong with us.

They call you heartless; but you have a heart and I love you for being ashamed to show it.

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.

Let thy virtue be too high for the familiarity of names and if thou must speak of it be not ashamed to stammer about it.

What do you consider the most humane? - To spare someone shame. What is the seal of liberation? - To no longer be ashamed in front of oneself.

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 know the hatred and envy of your hearts. Ye are not great enough not to know of hatred and envy. Then be great enough not to be ashamed of them!

Asceticism is the right way of thinking for those who have to extirpate their sensual drives because they are ravening beasts of prey. But only for those!

Everyone needs a sense of shame but no one needs to feel ashamed.

What is the seal of liberation? Not to be ashamed in front of oneself.

The best author will be the one who is ashamed to become a writer.

I change too quickly: my today refutes my yesterday. When I ascend I often jump over steps and no step forgives me that.

To have to fight the instincts - that is the definition of decadence: as long as life is ascending happiness equals instinct.

The ascetic makes a necessity of virtue.

In every ascetic morality man worships a part of himself as God and for that he needs to diabolize the other part.

The inability to lie is far from the love of truth.

As far as Germany extends it ruins culture.

The earth is like the breasts of a woman: useful as well as pleasing.

When marrying ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.

If you are considering marriage ask yourself one question: Will I still enjoy talking with her when I'm old?

When art dresses in worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art.

We have art in order not to die of the truth.

The form of a work of art which gives speech to their thoughts and is therefore their mode of talking is always somewhat uncertain like all kinds of speech.

Art furnishes us with eyes and hands and above all the good conscience to be able to turn ourselves into such a phenomenon.

Man is no longer an artist he has become a work of art.

That is an artist as I would have an artist be modest in his needs: he really wants only two things his bread and his art--panemet Circen.

Science and art have that in common that everyday things seem to them new and attractive.

Socrates condemned art because he preferred philosophy and only after much internal struggle did Plato accept this judgment.

The great end of art is to strike the imagination with the power of a soul that refuses to admit defeat even in the midst of a collapsing world.

One must give value to their existence by behaving as if ones very existence were a work of art.

The world is a work of art that gives birth to itself.

All that the world needs most today is combined in the most deductive manner in his art; the three great stimulants of exhausted people: brutality artificiality and innocence (idiocy).

All great artists and thinkers are great workers.

No artist tolerates reality.

[Heraclitus' language] dispenses with lightness and artificial decoration foremost out of disgust for humanity and out of [his own] defiant feeling.

This demand follows from an insight that I was the first to articulate: that there are no moral facts.

When one is young one venerates and despises without that art of nuances which constitutes the best gain of life.

We ought to fear a man who hates himself for we are at risk of becoming victims of his anger and revenge. Let us then try to lure him into self-love.

A little poison now and then: that makes for pleasant dreams. And a lot of poison at the end for a pleasant death.

Whoever gives advice to a sick person acquires a feeling of superiority over him whether the advice be accepted or rejected.

Science is about finding ever better approximations rather than pretending you have already found ultimate truth. A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

Ye shall be those whose eyes ever seek for an enemy - for YOUR enemy. And with some of you there is hatred at first sight.

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

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.

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

However closely people are attached to one another their mutual horizon nonetheless includes all four compass directions and nowand again they notice it.

We do not hate as long as we still attach a lesser value but only when we attach an equal or a greater value.

Do not paint a picture either of God or the devil on your walls: this will ruin both your walls and the atmosphere.

Life is the will to power; our natural desire to dominate and reshape the world to fit our own preferences and assert our personal strength to the fullest degree.

The stronger becomes master of the weaker in so far as the latter cannot assert its degree of independence here there is no mercy no forbearance even less a respect for "laws.

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.

I assess the power of a will by how much resistance pain torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.

The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable.

The abdomen is the reason why man does not readily take himself to be a god.

Some men have sighed over the abduction of their wives but many more have sighed because no one wanted to abduct theirs.

I have exposed myself and am not ashamed to stand there naked. "Shame" is what we call the monster that attached itself to men when they aspired beyond the animals.

Scholars who become politicians are usually assigned the comic role of having to be the good conscience of state policy.

Every living body continuously eliminates feces it rejects what is not serviceable to the assimilating organism: what man despises what arouses his disgust what he calls evil are excrements.

The one seeks a midwife to deliver his thoughts the other someone to assist: thus a good conversation comes into being.

The weak and misbegotten shall perish: first principle of our brotherly love. And they shall be given every assistance.

The best way to give assistance to those who are deeply embarrassed and to calm them down is to praise them decisively.

Assuming that rapture is nature's play with man the Dionysian artist's creative activity is the play with rapture.

Assuming that we have trained our imagination to denounce the past we will not suffer much from unfulfilled wishes.

Nothing in life possesses value except the degree of power--assuming that life itself is the will to power.

He who bestows something great receives no gratitude; for in accepting it the recipient has already been weighed down too much.

The inclination to self-depreciation to freely accepting being robbed being duped and being swindled could be the modesty of a god among men.

Faith indeed has up to the present not been able to move real mountains although I do not know who assumed that it could. But it can put mountains where there are none.

If Islam despises Christianity it has a thousandfold right to do so: Islam at least assumes that it is dealing with men.

When horror is associated with what is harmful evil results when disgust does badness.

Association with other people corrupts our character; especially when we have none.

I know no other way to associate with great tasks than as play: as a sign of greatness this is an essential presupposition.

What we do in dreams we also do when we are awake: we invent and fabricate the person with whom we associate-and immediately forget we have done so.

Life is hard to bear: but do not affect to be so delicate! We are all of us fine sumpter asses and assesses.

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.

Only as an aesthetic product can the world be justified to all eternity.

For it is only as an aesthetic phenomenon that existence and the world are eternally justified.

If there is to be art if there is to be any aesthetic doing and seeing one physiological condition is indispensable: frenzy.

For art to exist for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.

You I advise not to work but to fight. You I advise not to peace but to victory. Let your work be a fight let your peace be a victory!

I am affected not because you have deceived me but because I can no longer believe in you.

Thus strength is afforded by good and thorough customs thus is learnt the subjection of the individual and strenuousness of character becomes a birth gift and afterwards is fostered as a habit.

We praise or blame as one or the other affords more opportunity for exhibiting our power of judgement.

Ten times must you laugh during the day and be cheerful; otherwise your stomach the father of affliction will disturb you in the night.

For all things are baptized at the font of eternity and beyond good and evil; good and evil themselves however are but intervening shadows and damp afflictions and passing clouds.

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.

Art is essentially the affirmation the blessing and the deification of existence.

It is not in how one soul approaches another but in how it withdraws that I knowr its affinity and solidarity with the other.

Youth's longing misconceived inconsistency.Those whom I deemedChanged to my kin the friends of whom I dreamed Have aged and lost our old affinity:One has to change to stay akin to me.

One had better put on gloves before handling the New Testament. The presence of so much filth makes it highly advisable.

Religious War has signified the greatest advance of the masses so far for it proves that the masses have begun to treat concepts with respect.

I love him who scattereth golden words in advance of his deeds and always doeth more than he promiseth: for he seeketh his own down-going.

The "religion of pity" to which people would like to convert us- oh we know well enough the hysterical little men and women who need this religion at present as a veil and an adornment!

The great advantage in noble parentage is that enables one to endure poverty more easily.

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

We set no special value on the possession of a virtue until we percieve that it is entirely lacking in our adversary.

We are all afraid of the truth.

Love is more afraid of change than destruction.

Some die too young some die too old; the precept sounds strange but die at the right age.

In every age the wisest have passed the identical judgment on life: it is worthless...

Profundity of thought belongs to youth clarity of thought to old age.

What an age experiences as evil is usually an untimely reverberation echoing what was previously experienced as good--the atavismof an older ideal.

For the longest time marriage has had a guilty conscience about itself. Should we believe it?--Yes we should believe it.

What do I care about the purring of one who cannot love like the cat?

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

When we are tired we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.

If all alms were given only from pity all beggars would have starved long ago.

For both parties in a controversy the most disagreeable way of retaliating is to be vexed and silent; for the aggressor usually regards the silence as a sign of contempt.

God is dead but considering the state the species man is in there will perhaps be caves for ages yet in which his shadow will be shown.

Our knowledge will take its revenge on us just as ignorance exacted its revenge during the Middle Ages.

The deeper minds of all ages have had pity for animals.

Regarding life the wisest men of all ages have judged alike: it is worthless.

Against war it may be said that it makes the victor stupid and the vanquished revengeful.

Men after death ... are understood worse than men of the moment but heard better.

The 'kingdom of Heaven' is a condition of the heart - not something that comes 'upon the earth' or 'after death.'

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.

Death is close enough at hand so we do not need to be afraid of life.

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.

The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.

Against boredom even gods struggle in vain.

Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain.

There's no defense against stupidity.

Beware of spitting against the wind!

Life is that which must overcome itself again and again

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?

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.

It is far pleasanter to injure and afterwards beg forgiveness than to be injured and grant forgiveness. He who does the former gives evidence of power and afterwards of kindness of character.

What I really want from Music: That it be cheerful and profound like an afternoon in October...

The strongest intimidation by the way is the invention of a hereafter with a hell everlasting.

We should not talk about our friends: otherwise we will talk away the feeling of friendship.

Many deeds are done so as to forget another deed: there are also opiate activities. I exist so that another will be forgotten.

Everything which distinguishes man from the animals depends upon this ability to volatilize perceptual metaphors in a schema and thus to dissolve an image into a concept.

I have never come across someone who could inspire more respect than the Greek philosophers.

Writers ought to be regarded as wrongdoers who deserve to be acquitted or pardoned only in the rarest cases: that would be a way to keep books from getting out of hand.

The job of rearing a child consists of making conscious activities unconscious.

Only the most acute and active animals are capable of boredom.

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.

Mastery has been achieved when one neither makes a mistake nor hesitates in the performance.

Men inadvertently comport themselves with nobility when they have grown accustomed to wanting nothing from others and always giving to them.

To one who is accustomed to thinking a lot every new thought that he hears or reads about immediately appears as a link in a chain.

History teaches that a race of people is best preserved where the greater number hold one common spirit in consequence of the similarity of their accustomed and indisputable principles.

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.

There are two things a real man likes - danger and play; and he likes woman because she is the most dangerous of play things.

Mastery.- We have reached mastery when we neither mistake nor hesitate in the achievement.

In order to acquire intellect one must need it. One loses it when it is no longer necessary.

The best friend will probably acquire the best wife because a good marriage is founded on the talent for friendship.

The most unambiguous sign that a person holds men in low esteem is this that he either acknowledges them merely as means to his ends or does not acknowledge them at all.

Not contentment but more power; not peace at any price but war; not virtue but efficiency (virtue in the Renaissance sense virtu virtue free of moral acid).

Acknowledge your will and speak to us all "This alone is what I will to be!" Hang your own penal code up above you: we want to be its enforcers!

The spiritual activity of millennia is deposited in language.

Art is the highest task and the proper metaphysical activity of this life.

A few hours' mountain climbing make of a rogue and a saint two fairly equal creatures. Tiredness is the shortest path to equality and fraternity - and sleep finally adds to them liberty.

Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.

There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they too might be admired some day.

When there is a choice about it a great sacrifice is preferable to a small sacrifice because we compensate ourselves for a greatone with self-admiration which is not possible with a small one.

You who hate the Jews so why did you adopt their religion?

But are there many honest people who will admit that it is pleasing to give pain?

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.

We must understand how to hide in darkness in order to escape the gnat-swarms of utterly annoying admirers.

The beating of drums which delights young writers who serve a party sounds to him who does not belong to the party line like a rattling of chains and excites sympathy rather than admiration.

I admire the courage and wisdom of Socrates in everything he did said--and did not say.

Modern marriage has lost its meaning--consequently it is being abolished.

Beggars should be entirely abolished! Truly it is annoying to give to them and annoying not to give to them.

Remorse.-- Never yield to remorse but at once tell yourself: remorse would simply mean adding to the first act of stupidity a second.

All that philosophers have handled for millennia has been conceptual mummies; nothing actual has ever escaped from their hands alive.

What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives acts and experiences otherwise than we do?

It is thus only this personal feeling of misery that we get rid of by acts of pity.

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

We only hear questions that we are able to answer.

All great men are play actors of their own ideal.

We criticize a thinker more acutely when he advances a proposition that is disagreeable to us; and yet it would be more reasonableto do so when his proposition is agreeable to us.

Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves were convinced of the guilt of witchery the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.

Good writers have two things in common: they prefer to be understood rather than admired; and they do not write for knowing and over-acute readers.

The doer is merely a fiction added to the deed ? the deed is everything.

Do whatever you will but first be such as are able to will.

dalam keramahan tidak ada kebencian terhadap manusia--inilah mengapa begitu banyak hal yang menjijikkan

Untuk hidup sendirian orang harus menjadi binatang atau dewa--kata Aristoteles. ada yang ketiga: orang harus menjadi keduanya yaitu seorang filsuf

Do you want to have an easy life? Then always stay with the herd and lose yourself in the herd.

Underneath the reality in which we live and have our being another altogether different reality lies concealed.

The most welcome joke to me is the one that takes the place of a heavy not altogether innocuous thought at once a cautionary hint of the finger and a flash of the eye.

A noble soul is not the one that can manage the highest flights but the one that rises very little and falls very little but always dwells in a free resplendent atmosphere and altitude.

At heart I am a warrior.

I am no man I am dynamite.

I am alone again and I want to be so; alone with the pure sky and open sea.

No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life no one but you yourself alone.

Danger alone acquaints us with our own resources our virtues our armor and weapons our spirit and forces us to be strong.

The doer alone learneth.

And if you are not a bird then beware of coming to rest above an abyss.

I do not give alms; I am not poor enough for that.

The greatest giver of alms is cowardice.

To live alone one must be a beast or a god says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both - a philosopher.

Whatever a theologian regards as true must be false: there you have almost a criterion of truth.

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.

if we possess a why of life we can put up with almost any how.

Almost two thousand years and no new god!

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

I am almost equal to a shadow.

Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature placed alongside thereof for its conquest.

Not he is great who can alter matter but he who can alter my state of mind.

To produce music is also in a sense to produce children.

He who laughs best today will also laughs last.

The mouth may lie alright but the face it makes nonetheless tells the truth.

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

Whatever we have words for that we have already got beyond.

That for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts

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.

Every one being allowed to learn to read ruineth in the long run not only writing but also thinking.

In magnanimity there is the same amount of egoism as in revenge but egoism of a different quality.

Objection evasion joyous distrust and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute belongs to pathology.

Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.

Even the pluckiest among us has but seldom the courage of what he really knows.

In solitude the lonely man is eaten up by himself among crowds by the many.

We are so fond of being out among nature because it has no opinions about us.

It is difficult to live among people because silence is so difficult.

For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks.

Amor Fati â?? "Love Your Fateâ? which is in fact your life.

I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things:â??then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love from henceforth!

My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be other than it is not in the future not in the past not in all eternity.

And like a wind shall I one day blow amongst them and with my spirit take away their soul's breath: thus my future wills it.

Among austere men intimacy involves shame--and is something precious.

Among the wealthy generosity is often merely a kind of shyness.

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.

Illusions are certainly expensive amusements; but the destruction of illusions is still more expensive if looked upon as an amusement as it undoubtedly is by some people.

Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot a bad apple is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn't.

Such a man as instinctively feeds on pure ambrosia and leaves alone the indigestible in things.

Emerson is a person who lives instinctively on ambrosia - and leaves everything indigestible on his plate.

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

He who rejoices even at the stake triumphs not over pain but over the absence of pain where he had anticipated feeling it. A parable.

There are no eternal facts as there are no absolute truths.

One is most dishonest to one's god: he is not allowed to sin.

But this people has deliberately made itself stupid for nearly a millennium: nowhere have the two great European narcotics alcohol and Christianity been abused more dissolutely.

Two great European narcotics alcohol and Christianity.

Christianity alcohol the two great means of corruption.

About sacrifice and the offering of sacrifices sacrificial animals think quite differently from those who look on: but they have never been allowed to have their say.

Alas where is there still a sea in which one could drown: thus our lament resounds â?? across shallow swamps.

Alas! There cometh the time when man will no longer give birth to any star. Alas! There cometh the time of the most despicable man who can no longer despise himself.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Speaking generally punishment hardens and numbs it produces concentration it sharpens the consciousness of alienation it strengthens the power of resistance.

Illness is a clumsy attempt to arrive at health: we must come to nature's aid with intellect.

Ah women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.

Ah there are so many things betwixt heaven and earth of which only the poets have dreamed!

Ah only he who knows where he sails knows what wind is good and a fair wind for him.

Pity is the most agreeable feeling among those who have little pride and no prospects of great conquests.

What is the truth but a lie agreed upon.

One must renounce the bad taste of wishing to agree with many people.

The surest aid in combating the male's disease of self-contempt is to be loved by a clever woman.

Without meaning without substance without aim: a mere 'public opinion'.

[Heraclitus had] a regal air of certainty.

One should not go into churches if one wants to breathe pure air.

Evolution does not make happiness its goal; it aims simply at evolution and nothing else.

Pity aims just as little at the pleasure of others as malice at the pain of others Per-Se.

What is Genius?- To aspire to a lofty aim and to will the means to that aim.

Whether in conversation we generally agree or disagree with others is largely a matter of habit: the one tendency makes as much sense as the other.

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?

We are most unfair to God; we do not allow Him to sin.

All truth is crooked time itself is a circle

State is the name of the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it lies; and this lie slips from its mouth: 'I the state am the people.

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 State is the coldest of all cold monsters.

Whatever the State saith is a lie; whatever it hath is a theft: all is counterfeit in it the gnawing sanguinary insatiate monster.

You must climb above yourself-up and beyond until you have even your stars under you.

Do not allow yourselves to be deceived: Great Minds are Skeptical.

There exists above the "productive" man a yet higher species.

When somebody dies we usually need reasons for consolation not so much to alleviate our pain as to excuse ourselves for so readily feeling consoled.

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

The courage of all one really knows comes but late in life.

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.

All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with and then I can turn the world upside down.

Love of one is a piece of barbarism: for it is practised at the expense of all others. Love of God likewise.

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.

Warfare is the father of all good things it is also the father of good prose!

All good things were formerly bad things; every original sin has turned into an original virtue.

The elimination of the will altogether and the switching off of the emotions all and sundry is tantamount to the elimination of reason: intellectual castration.

Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.

Everything that is ponderous vicious and pompously clumsy all long-winded and wearying kinds of style are developed in great variety among Germans.

All truths are bloody truths to me.

I have been casting shadows all my life without caring about how deeply they stain my soul.

But thus do I counsel you my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful! Distrust all those who talk much of their justice!

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.

One who is unassuming in dealing with people exhibits his arrogance all the more strongly in dealing with things (city state society age mankind). That is his revenge.

The state lies in all languages of good and evil; and whatever it says it lies-and whatever it has it has stolen.

All mankind is divided as it was at all times and is still into slaves and freemen.

Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.

Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company.

A man who whinnies with noisy laughter surpasses all the animals in vulgarity.

In laughter all that is evil comes together but is pronounced holy and absolved by its own bliss.

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.

Once blasphemy again God was the greatest blasphemy; but God died and thereupon those blasphemers died too.

Truly it is a blessing and not a blasphemy when I teach that "above all things there stands the heaven of chance the heaven of innocence the heaven of accident the heaven of wantonness".

What we do is never understood but always merely praised or blamed.

We are praised or blamed as the one or the other may be expedient for displaying to advantage our power of discernment.

What is life? A continuous praise and blame.

In praise there is more obtrusiveness than in blame.

What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue this is human madness.

Love and hatred are not blind but are blinded by the fire they bear within themselves.

Love is blind friends close their eyes

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.

It is inhuman to bless where one is cursed.

From people who merely pray we must become people who bless.

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.

Women are still cats and birds. Or at the best cows.

He who is not a bird should not build his nest over abysses.

The bite of conscience is indecent.

Pitch-black winter nights live in my bones.

Speaking of Georges Bizet: His music has the tang of sunny climates their bracing air their clearness. It voices a sensibility hitherto unknown to us.

The complete irresponsibility of man for his actions and his nature is the bitterest drop which he who understands must swallow.

The bite of conscience like the bite of a dog into a stone is a stupidity.

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.

The body is a big sagacity a plurality with one sense a war and a peace a flock and a shepherd.

There is more wisdom in your body than in your best wisdom. And who then knows why your body needs precisely your best wisdom?

In true love it is the soul that envelops the body.

Your soul will be dead even before your body: fear nothing further.

Body am I entirely and nothing else; and soul is only a word for something about the body.

Body am I and soul - so saith the child. And why should one not speak like children?

It is the most sensual men who need to flee women and torment their bodies.

One has to take a somewhat bold and dangerous line with this existence: especially as whatever happens we are bound to lose it.

No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.