Meanwhile, however, it is quite otherwise, meanwhile the comedy of existence has not yet ” become conscious ” of itself, meanwhile it is still the period of tragedy, the period of morals and religions.
To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities-I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not-that one endures.
We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.
All my human relationships have to do with a mask of me, and I must perpetually be the victim of living a completely hidden life.
The word “Christianity” is already a misunderstanding; in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the cross.
What is Genius?- To aspire to a lofty aim and to will the means to that aim.
Beethoven’s music is music about music.
you must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame;
how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?
By saying ‘God sees into the heart’ it denies the deepest and the highest desires of life and takes God for the enemy of life. The saint in whom God takes pleasure is the ideal castrate. Life is at an end where the kingdom of God begins.
There are many more languages than one imagines. And man reveals himself much more often than he wishes. So many things that speak! But there are always so few listeners, so that man, so to speak, only chatters in a void when he engages in confessions. He wastes his truths just as the sun wastes its light. Isn’t it too bad that the void has no ears?