– from “Epigrams and Interludes,” Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche
The attraction of knowledge would be small if one did not have to overcome so much shame on the way.
One has watched life badly if one has not also seen the hand that considerately— kills.
Who has not, for the sake of his good reputation—sacrificed himself once?—
The voice of disappointment: ‘I listened for an echo and heard nothing but praise—’
In music the passions enjoy themselves.
One is best punished for one’s virtues.
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
Poets treat their experiences shamelessly: they exploit them.
In the end one loves one’s desire and not what is desired.
(Trans. Walter Kaufmann)