All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher, which is to solve the problem of value, to determine the true hierarchy of values.
To be ashamed of one’s immorality: that is a step on the staircase at whose end one is also ashamed of one’s morality.
It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night.
There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.
Women are considered deep – why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow.
Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good.
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.
Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
What is the difference between someone who is convinced and one who is deceived? None, if he is well deceived.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.
Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.
A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.