Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche

Convictions are the more dangerous enemy of truth than lies.

He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you.

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true.

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs the torments of man.

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.

Man is more ape than many of the apes.

Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age he would have repudiated his doctrine.

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.

In heaven all the interesting people are missing.

Only sick music makes money today.

One should never know too precisely whom one has married.

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!

Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Without music, life would be a mistake.

How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.

The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.

At the bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique human 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.

Morality is the greatest of all tools for leading mankind by the nose.