The stream of time sweeps away errors, and leaves the truth for the inheritance of humanity
My father, though, could run very much faster. It was impossible to compete with him on the grass. But it was astonishing how slow old people were. Some of them could not run up a hill and called it trying to climb stairs.
Six hours a day I lived under school discipline in active intercourse with people none of whom were known to those at home, and the other hours of the twenty-four I spent at home, or with relatives of the people at home, none of whom were known to anybody at school.
But when I was twelve years old I caught my first strong glimpse of one of the fundamental forces of existence, whose votary I was destined to be for life - namely, Beauty.
I was a town child, it is true, but that did not prevent me enjoying open-air life, with plants and animals.
I was not given to looking at life in a rosy light.
Just about this time, when in imagination I was so great a warrior, I had good use in real life for more strength, as I was no longer taken to school by the nurse, but instead had myself to protect my brother, two years my junior.
School is a foretaste of life.
The society of the Culture-Philistines makes life a burden to exceptional men.
The war imbued my tin soldiers with quite a new interest. It was impossible to have boxes enough of them.
Poor is the power of the lead that becomes bullets compared to the power of the hot metal that becomes types.
attributes to himself an extremely vivid and sensitive instinct of cleanliness. At the first contact the filth lying at the base of another's nature is revealed to him. The unclean are therefore ill at ease hi his presence
I did not know what it was to be happy for a whole day at a time, scarcely for an hour.
That a literature in our time is living is shown in that way that it debates problems.
I was at home then in the world of figures, but not in that of values.
My first experiences of academic friendship made me smile in after years when I looked back on them. But my circle of acquaintances had gradually grown so large that it was only natural new friendships should grow out of it.
The great man is not the child of his age but its step-child.
The educator shall help the young to educate themselves in opposition to the age.
What is public opinion? It is private indolence.
Greatness has nothing to do with results or with success.
A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilised the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow, and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion.
Those had left to love on earth were then: brothers and sisters in hatred, whom they called then: brothers and sisters in love.
Instead of trying to educate the human race, they should imitate the pedagogues of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, who concentrated their efforts on the education of a single person.
Nietzsche says that as soon as he had read a single page of Schopenhauer, he knew he would read every page of him and pay heed to every word, even to the errors he might find. Every intellectual aspirant will be able to name men whom he has read in this way.
We need only think of the number of talented men who sooner or later make their apologies and concessions to philistinism, so as to be permitted to exist.