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" Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders. "
" Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings. "
" Whoever has witnessed another's ideal becomes his inexorable judge and as it were his evil conscience. "
" 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? "
" There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. "
" 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. "
" A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends. "
" Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. "
" Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal. "
" He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted. "
" Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion? "
" We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers. "
" 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. "
" To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. "
" Fear is the mother of morality. "
" The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art. "
" Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good. "
" Whoever feels predestined to see and not to believe will find all believers too noisy and pushy: he guards against them. "
" When one has finished building one's house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way - before one began. "
" The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception. "
" What? You seek something? You wish to multiply yourself tenfold, a hundredfold? You seek followers? Seek zeros! "
" It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book. "
" In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point. "
" Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier and simpler. "
" Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions. "
" In the course of history, men come to see that iron necessity is neither iron nor necessary. "
" I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his 'divine service.' "
" 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. "
" I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance. "
" If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn. "
" What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal. "