A gauge for wisdom - The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill-temper.
Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
Man wishes woman to be peaceable, but in fact she is essentially warlike, like the cat.
When you look long into the abyss, the abyss looks into you.
Liberal institutions straightway cease from being liberal the moment they are soundly established: once this is attained no more grievous and more thorough enemies of freedom exist than liberal institutions.
The snake that cannot shed its skin perishes. So do the spirits who are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be spirit.
Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.
Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man's?
What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another personlives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do and crosswise to our purposes?For love to bridge these opposites through joy it must not eliminate or deny them.
But now science, spurred on by its powerful delusion, hurtles inexorably towards its limits where the optimism hidden in the essence of logic founders. For the periphery of the circle of science has an infinite number of points and while there is no telling yet how the circle could ever be fully surveyed,the noble and gifted man, before he has reached the middle of his life, still inevitably encounters such peripheral limit points andfinds himself staring into an impenetrable darkness. If he at that moment sees to his horror how in these limits logic coils arounditself and finally bites its own tail - then the new form of knowledge breaks through, tragic knowledge, which in order to be tolerated,needs art as a protection and remedy.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Every extension of knowledge arises from making the conscious the unconscious.
This is the manner of noble souls: they do not want to have anything for nothing; least of all, life. Whoever is of the mob wants to live for nothing; we others, however, to whom life gave itself, we always think about what we might best give in return... One should not wish to enjoy where one does not give joy.
He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser.
What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneness, and say, "This life which you live must be lived by youonce again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned-and you with it, dust of the dust!" Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teethand curse that demon? Or would you answer, "Never have I heard anything more divine?"
People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
Whoever does not know how to find the way to his ideal lives more frivolously and impudently than the man without an ideal.
Glance into the world just as though time were gone and everything crooked will become straight to you.
Christianity makes suffering contagious.
Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
Plato was a bore.
Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'.