Preaching morals is as easy as giving reasons for morals is difficult.
I demand from a book harmony as unity and moderation; that determines the choice of words, the type and number of metaphors, the development and conclusion.
What have we in common with the rosebud, which trembles because a drop of dew is lying upon it?
Pity is the most agreeable feeling among those who have little pride and no prospects of great conquests.
Whoever gives advice to the sick gains a sense of superiority over them, no matter whether his advice is accepted or rejected. That is why sick people who are sensitive and proud hate their advisors even more than their illnesses.
Nothing succeeds if prankishness has no part in it.
Man is no longer an artist, he has become a work of art.
We ‘conserve' nothing; neither do we want to return to any past; we are by no means ‘liberal'; we are not working for ‘progress'; we don't need to plug our ears to the marketplace's sirens of the future: what they sing – ‘equal rights', ‘free society', ‘no more masters and no servants' – has no allure for us.
I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think.
Do you deserve truth? You sure seek it, but do you deserve it? If you want to see real things burning you first have to reach up to the height of the fire.
All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting.
Art raises its head where creeds relax.
One should only speak where one cannot remain silent, and only speak of what one has conquered —the rest is all chatter, literature, bad breeding.
Giving style to one's character - a great and rare art! It is exercised by those who see all the strengths and weaknesses of their own natures and then comprehend them in an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason and even weakness delights the eye.
Every church is a stone on the grave of a god-man: it does not want him to rise up again under any circumstances.
From the practice of wise men.—To become wise, one must wish to have certain experiences and run, as it were, into their gaping jaws. This, of course, is very dangerous; many a wise guy has been swallowed.
The rest is abortion and not-yet-science: which is to say metaphysics, theology, psychology, epistemology.
I mistrust all systematizers and avoid them. the will to a system is a lack of integrity.
The way the Americans strive for gold; and their breathless haste in working - the true vice of the new world.
We want to be poets of our life — first of all in the smallest most everyday matters.
What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.