The future influences the present just as much as the past.
A man of genius is unbearable, unless he possesses at least two things besides: gratitude and purity.
The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
In order to acquire intellect one must need it. One loses it when it is no longer necessary.
Death. The certain prospect of death could sweeten every life with a precious and fragrant drop of levity- and now you strange apothecary souls have turned it into an ill-tasting drop of poison that makes the whole of life repulsive.
Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment - a little makes the way of the best happiness.
We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
There are two things a real man likes - danger and play. And he likes women because she is the most dangerous of playthings.
The masters have been done away with; the morality of the common man has triumphed.
What is Genius? - To aspire to a lofty aim and to will the means to that aim.
Only sick music makes money today.
Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.
I am driven out of fatherlands and motherlands. Thus I now love only my children's land, yet undiscovered, in the farthest sea; for this I bid my sails search and search.
In life's school of wars, that which does not kill me, makes me stronger.
One will not go wrong if one attributes extreme actions to vanity, average ones to habit, and petty ones to fear.
I want to teach men the sense of their existence, which is the Superman, the lightning out of the dark cloud man.
Contentment preserves one from catching cold. Has a woman who knew that she was well dressed ever caught a cold? No, not even when she had scarcely a rag on her back.
The doer alone learneth.
At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance with such amarvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
In revenge and in love, woman is more barbarous than man.
And this do I call immaculate perception of all things: to want nothing else from them, but to be allowed to lie before them as a mirror with a hundred facets.
What is the seal of attained freedom? - No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.
We should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.