Quotes by: Friedrich Nietzsche
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
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.
It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.
Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend.
There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are - more humane.
Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man - the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.
Judgments, value judgments concerning life, for or against, can in the last resort never be true: they possess value only as symptoms, they come into consideration only as symptoms - in themselves such judgments are stupidities.
A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.
What then in the last resort are the truths of mankind? They are the irrefutable errors of mankind.
The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw.
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.
A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still: you must not want to see everything.
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
Mystical explanations are thought to be deep; the truth is that they are not even shallow.