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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.
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He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.
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The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
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Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
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Madness is something rare in individuals -- but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule.
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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?
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Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
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In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.
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Let us beware of saying there are laws in nature. There are only necessities: there is no one to command, no one to obey, no one to transgress. When you realize there are no goals or objectives, then you realize, too, that there is no chance: for only in a world of objectives does the word chance have any meaning.
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Without music, life would be a mistake.
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A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
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Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.
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That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
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Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
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I fear animals regard man as a creature of their own kind which has in a highly dangerous fashion lost its healthy animal reason -- as the mad animal, as the laughing animal, as the weeping animal, as the unhappy animal.
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Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.
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He who laughs best today, will also laughs last.
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The strongest knowledge (that of the total freedom of the human will) is nonetheless the poorest in successes: for it always has the strongest opponent, human vanity.
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You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
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Only sick music makes money today.
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The lie is a condition of life.
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Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.
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There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
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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.
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When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
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Without music, life would be an error. The German imagines even God singing songs
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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.
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Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.
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A letter is an unannounced visit, the postman the agent of rude surprises. One ought to reserve an hour a week for receiving letters and afterwards take a bath.
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To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled -- because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these faults are called patience and forbearance.
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If you believed more in life you would fling yourself less to the moment.
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The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously.
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Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
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The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
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Women are considered deep -- why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow.
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The anarchist and the Christian have a common origin.
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One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
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For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.
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The spiritualization of sensuality is called love: it is a great triumph over Christianity.
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I love those who do not know how to live for today.
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The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.
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It is obvious that all sense has gone out of modern marriage: which is, however, no objection to marriage but to modernity.
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We have art in order not to die of the truth.
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In the mountains the shortest route is from peak to peak, but for that you must have long legs. Aphorisms should be peaks: and those to whom they are spoken should be big and tall of stature.
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The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
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The significance of language for the evolution of culture lies in this, that mankind set up in language a separate world beside the other world, a place it took to be so firmly set that, standing upon it, it could lift the rest of the world off its hinges and make itself master of it. To the extent that man has for long ages believed in the concepts and names of things as in aeternae veritates he has appropriated to himself that pride by which he raised himself above the animal: he really thought that in language he possessed knowledge of the world.
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Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.
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We have no organ at all for knowledge, for truth: we know (or believe or imagine) precisely as much as may be useful in the interest of the human herd, the species: and even what is here called usefulness is in the end only a belief, something imagined and perhaps precisely that most fatal piece of stupidity by which we shall one day perish.
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new! He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
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