Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
Whoever has witnessed another’s ideal becomes his inexorable judge and as it were his evil conscience.
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.
I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
Go up close to your friend, but do not go over to him! We should also respect the enemy in our friend.
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?
It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.
The “kingdom of Heaven” is a condition of the heart – not something that comes “upon the earth” or “after death.”
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.
You say it is the good cause that hallows even war? I say unto you: it is the good war that hallows any cause.
If a woman possesses manly virtues one should run away from her; and if she does not possess them she runs away from herself.
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.
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.
What? You seek something? You wish to multiply yourself tenfold, a hundredfold? You seek followers? Seek zeros!
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.
Whoever feels predestined to see and not to believe will find all believers too noisy and pushy: he guards against them.
The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw.
Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.
All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.