To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence.
He who has a Why can endure any How.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
Generally speaking, punishment makes men hard and cold; it concentrates; it sharpens the feeling of alienation; it strengthens the power of resistance.
Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity. For the crowd believes that if it cannot see to the bottom of something it must be profound. It is so timid and dislikes going into the water.
We Northerners undoubtedly derive our origin from barbarous races, even as regards our talents for religion—we have POOR talents for it.
A man far oftener appears to have a decided character from persistently following his temperament than from persistently following his principles.
A little poison now and then: that maketh pleasant dreams. And much poison at last for a pleasant death.
Honest things, like honest men, do not have to explain themselves so openly. What must first be proved is worth little.
Had Nietzsche lived to be burned at the stake by outraged Mississippi Methodists, it would have been a glorious day for his doctrines.
One must be a sea, to receive a polluted stream without becoming impure.
One loves ultimately one's desires, not the thing desired.