Without music, life would be a mistake.

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.

In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.

There are no facts, only interpretations.

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.


In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

Man is the cruelest animal.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings—always darker, emptier and simpler.

Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.

The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.

A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions—as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.

There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.

One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.

When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.

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