It is not the strength but the duration of high feelings that makes for high men.
Precisely by attaining an ideal, we surpass it.
When we discipline our conscience, it kisses us while it bites.
Disappointment speaks. – 'I listened for an echo and heard only praise – '
It is not their love for humanity but rather the impotence of their love for humanity that keeps today’s Christian from – burning us.
Someone who does not know how to find the path to his ideal lives more carelessly and impudently than someone without an ideal.
Advice as riddle. ' – If the bond does not split, – then it first must be bit.'
Whoever fights with monsters should see to it that he does not become one himself. And when you stare for a long time into an abyss, the abyss stares back into you.
A man who says: 'I like that, I’ll take it for my own and protect it and defend it against everyone'; a man who can conduct business, carry out a resolution, be faithful to a thought, hold on to a woman, punish and defeat someone for being insolent; a man who has his anger and his sword, and whom the weak, the suffering, the distressed, and even the animals like to come to and, by nature, belong to; in short, a man who is naturally master, – if a man like this has pity, well then! this pity is worth something! But what good is the pity of the sufferer! Or particularly, the pity of those who preach it!