We do not hate as long as we still attach a lesser value, but only when we attach an equal or a greater value.
We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.
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.
The best author will be the one who is ashamed to become a writer.
To be ashamed of one's immorality: that is a step on the staircase at whose end one is also ashamed of one's morality.
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
When art dresses in worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art.
The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.
For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favors done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude.