Every acquisition, every step forward in knowledge is the result of courage, of severity toward oneself, of cleanliness with respect to oneself.
How much blood and horror is at the bottom of all 'good things'!
Do I advise you to love thy neighbor? I suggest rather to escape from thy neighbor and to love those who are the farthest away from you. Higher than the love for thy neighbor is the love for the man who is distant and has still to come.
Of all that is written I love only what a man has written in his own blood.
If you still experience the stars as something "over you," you still don't have the eyes of a knower.
The images of myth must be the daemonic guardians, omnipresent and unnoticed, which protect the growth of the young mind, and guide man's interpretation of his life and struggles.
Man, however, is the most courageous animal: thereby has he overcome every animal. With sound of triumph has he overcome every pain; human pain, however, is the sorest pain.
Another Christian concept, no less crazy, has passed even more deeply into the tissue of modernity: the concept of the 'equality of souls before God.' This concept furnishes the prototype of all theories of equal rights...
Why?" said Zarathustra. "Thou askest why? I do not belong to those who may be asked after their Why.
All things that endure for a long time are little by little permeated by reason that their origin in unreason becomes improbable.
One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one has given. One must have strong powers of imagination to be able to have pity. So closely is morality bound to the quality of the intellect.
Greatness of character consists in having one's feelings under control. And even without any pleasure in this restraint, but merely because.