Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 - August 25, 1900) was a German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and aphorism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.
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.
Against war it may be said that it makes the victor stupid and the vanquished revengeful.
Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
Excessive productivity can bring the most gifted man almost to madness.
"Faith" means not wanting to know what is true.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man.
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
Insanity in the individual is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation.
It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.
Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.
Not that you lied to me but that I no longer believe you- that is what has shaken me.
One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.
Sensuality often makes love grow too quickly, so that the root remains weak and is easy to pull out.
Some are born posthumously.
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
That which does not kill me makes me stronger.
The advantage of a bad memory is that, several times over, one enjoys the same good things for the first time.
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
The man who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself.
The most common sort of lie is the one uttered to one's self.
The most instructive experiences are those of everyday life.
The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.
The thought of suicide is a powerful solace: by means of it one gets through many a bad night.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.
We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.
What we once did "for the sake of God" we now do for the sake of money.
Whatever harm the evil may do, the harm done by the good is the most harmful harm.
When a man is in love he endures more than at other times; he submits to everything.
Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called "Ego."
Woman was God's second mistake.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.