Fear is the mother of morality.
The definition of morality: Morality is the idiosyncrasy of decadents having the hidden desire to revenge themselves upon life – and being successful.
An important species of pleasure, and therewith the source of morality, arises out of habit.
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.
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
Art is the proper task of life.
I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
The great end of art is to strike the imagination with the power of a soul that refuses to admit defeat even in the midst of a collapsing world.
At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
One should not wish to enjoy where one does not give joy.
Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?
And let that day be lost to us on which we did not dance once! And let that wisdom be false to us that brought no laughter with it!
He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.
Underneath the reality in which we live and have our being, another altogether different reality lies concealed.
one does not only wish to be understood when one writes; one wishes just as surely not to be understood.
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence.
There is one thing one has to have either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge….
No artist tolerates reality.
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, ”I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?