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" Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had. "
" To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity. "
" Wit is the epitaph of an emotion. "
" What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue, this is human madness. "
" Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. "
" 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? "
" Our vanity is hardest to wound precisely when our pride has just been wounded. "
" It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms. "
" If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn. "
" Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated. "
" The doer alone learneth. "
" Idleness is the parent of psychology. "
" For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child. "
" Art raises its head where creeds relax. "
" And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh. "
" War has always been the grand sagacity of every spirit which has grown too inward and too profound; its curative power lies even in the wounds one receives. "
" If a woman possesses manly virtues one should run away from her; and if she does not possess them she runs away from herself. "
" A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still: you must not want to see everything. "
" For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication. "
" The 'kingdom of Heaven' is a condition of the heart - not something that comes 'upon the earth' or 'after death.' "
" One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. "
" In everything one thing is impossible: rationality. "
" The abdomen is the reason why man does not readily take himself to be a god. "
" Stupid as a man, say the women: cowardly as a woman, say the men. Stupidity in a woman is unwomanly. "
" He who laughs best today, will also laughs last. "
" It is good to express a thing twice right at the outset and so to give it a right foot and also a left one. Truth can surely stand on one leg, but with two it will be able to walk and get around. "
" 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.' "
" A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love. "
" An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. "
" It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge. "