It is not their love for men but the impotence of their love for men which hinders the Christians of today from burning us
The same passions in man and woman nonetheless differ in tempo; hence man and woman do not cease misunderstanding one another
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness.
So long as men praise you, you can only be sure that you are not yet on your own true path but on someone else's.
There are people who want to make men's lives more difficult for no other reason than the chance it provides them afterwards to offer their prescription for alleviating life; their Christianity, for instance.
Regarding life, the wisest men of all ages have judged alike: it is worthless.
Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves. It is to preserve the distance which separates us from other men. To grow more indifferent to hardship, to severity, to privation, and even to life itself.
Lessing, the most honest of theoretical men, dared to say that he took greater delight in the quest for truth than in the truth itself.
Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything - health, food, a place to live, entertainment - they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.
In the course of history, men come to see that iron necessity is neither iron nor necessary.
Stupid as a man, say the women: cowardly as a woman, say the men. Stupidity in a woman is unwomanly.
The rights a man arrogates to himself are related to the duties he imposes on himself, to the tasks to which he feels equal. The great majority of men have no right to existence, but are a misfortune to higher men.
No one talks more passionately about his rights than he who in the depths of his soul doubts whether he has any. By enlisting passion on his side he wants to stifle his reason and its doubts: thus he will acquire a good conscience and with it success among his fellow men.
Evil men have no songs.' How is it that the Russians have songs?