Friedrich Nietzsche quotesAnd 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.
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.
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.
Do whatever you will, but first be such as are able to will.
Faith: not wanting to know what is true.
For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.
God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.
I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.
In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Is man one of God’s blunders? Or is God one of man’s blunders?
It is good to express a thing twice right at the outset and so to give it a right foot and also a left one. Truth can surely stand on one leg, but with two it will be able to walk and get around.
It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.
It is the most sensual men who need to flee women and torment their bodies.
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
Love is not consolation. It is light.
Mystical explanations are thought to be deep; the truth is that they are not even shallow.
No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.
One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
Perhaps I know why it is man alone who laughs: He alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.
Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.
Success has always been a great liar.
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
The “kingdom of Heaven” is a condition of the heart – not something that comes “upon the earth” or “after death.”
The abdomen is the reason why man does not readily take himself to be a god.
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.
The best author will be the one who is ashamed to become a writer.
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.
The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.
The doer alone learneth.
The future influences the present just as much as the past.
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.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
The lie is a condition of life.
The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
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.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
The word “Christianity” is already a misunderstanding – in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.
There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
There are people who want to make men’s lives more difficult for no other reason than the chance it provides them afterwards to offer their prescription for alleviating life; their Christianity, for instance.
There cannot be a God because if there were one, I could not believe that I was not He.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.
There is not enough religion in the world even to destroy religion.
This is what is hardest: to close the open hand because one loves.
Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.
Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier and simpler.
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?
Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.
Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated.
We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.
We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.
We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
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.
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
Whoever battles with monsters had better see that it does not turn him into a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises.
Whoever feels predestined to see and not to believe will find all believers too noisy and pushy: he guards against them.
Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.