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The word Christianity is already a misunderstanding -- in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.

To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.
One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.
Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important
It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human understanding has vulgarly occupied itself with nothing but understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand itself at the same time it would simply have to posit the paradox.
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
In Heaven all the interesting people are missing.
Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?
I teach you the Superman. Man is something that should be overcome.
Man is no longer an artist, he has become a work of art.
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
We are franker towards others than towards ourselves.
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?
Fear is the mother of morality.
Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.
How ironical that it is by means of speech that man can degrade himself below the level of dumb creation -- for a chatterbox is truly of a lower category than a dumb creature.
Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings.
Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.
What our age lacks is not reflection, but passion.
Once you label me you negate me.
Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion -- and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority.
The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that whilst the former expresses his idea most fully in death it is the strange feeling of bitterness which comes from failure that the latter really enjoys; the former rejoices in his victory, the latter in his suffering.
The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo, the more he can remember the more divine his life becomes.
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.
Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment.
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
Boredom is the root of all evil--the despairing refusal to be oneself.
Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic -- if it is pulled out I shall die.
I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius.
Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
Be that self which one truly is.
God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.
During the first period of a man's life, the danger is not to take the risk.
Repetition is the reality and the seriousness of life.
Purity of heart is to will one thing.
Father in Heaven! When the thought of thee wakes in our hearts let it not awaken like a frightened bird that flies about in dismay, but like a child waking from its sleep with a heavenly smile.
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known -- no wonder, then, that I return the love.

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