In everything one thing is impossible: rationality.
The great works are produced in such an ecstasy of love that they must always be unworthy of it, however great their worth otherwise.
In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.
When one has finished building one’s house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way – before one began.
Love is not consolation. It is light.
Go up close to your friend, but do not go over to him! We should also respect the enemy in our friend.
Our vanity is hardest to wound precisely when our pride has just been wounded.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
It is good to express a thing twice right at the outset and so to give it a right foot and also a left one. Truth can surely stand on one leg, but with two it will be able to walk and get around.
I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his ‘divine service.’
For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.
Every man is a creative cause of what happens, a primum mobile with an original movement.
The doer alone learneth.
In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.