Love is not consolation. It is light.
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
What is the task of higher education? To make a man into a machine. What are the means employed? He is taught how to suffer being bored
He who laughs best today, will also laughs last
With the unknown, one is confronted with danger, discomfort, and care; the first instinct is to abolish these painful states. First principle: any explanation is better than none. . . . The causal instinct is thus conditional upon, and excited by, the feeling of fear. The "why?" shall, if at all possible, not give the cause for its own sake so much as for a particular kind of cause -- a cause that is comforting, liberating, and relieving.
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.
Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.
The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of "eternity"; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book - what everyone else does not say in a book.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
At bottom, every man knows perfectly well that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
If one considers how much reason every person has for anxiety and timid self-concealment, and how three-quarters of his energy and goodwill can be paralyzed and made unfruitful by it, one has to be very grateful to fashion, insofar as it sets that th
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.
The existence of forgetting has never been proved: We only know that some things don't come to mind when we want them.
Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company.
What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.