O sancta simplicitiatas! In what strange simplification and falsification man lives!
The men of the period of corruption are witty and calumnious; they know that there are yet other ways of murdering than by the dagger and ambush--they know also that all that is well said is believed in.
The corruption of morals is a consequence of decadence (weakness of the will, need for strong stimuli).
What then are our experiences? Much more that which we put into them than that which they already contain! Or must we go so far as to say: in themselves they contain nothing? To experience is to invent.
Being misunderstood.— When one is misunderstood as a whole, it is impossible to remove completely a single misunderstanding. One has to realize this lest one waste superfluous energy on one's defense.
The poison from which the weaker nature perishes strengthens the strong man - and he does not call it poison.