The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
The lie is a condition of life.
It is the most sensual men who need to flee women and torment their bodies.
One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.
Whoever has witnessed another’s ideal becomes his inexorable judge and as it were his evil conscience.
One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
In the course of history, men come to see that iron necessity is neither iron nor necessary.
Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company.
In the last analysis, even the best man is evil: in the last analysis, even the best woman is bad.
Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their mother.
Great indebtedness does not make men grateful, but vengeful; and if a little charity is not forgotten, it turns into a gnawing worm.
Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man – the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.
In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
There are people who want to make men’s lives more difficult for no other reason than the chance it provides them afterwards to offer their prescription for alleviating life; their Christianity, for instance.
It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.