What really raises one’s indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering.
Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.
We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets.
There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are – more humane.
Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot, a bad apple, is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn’t.
Nobody is more inferior than those who insist on being equal.
In music the passions enjoy themselves.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.