It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.
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- The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of eternity; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book — what everyone else does not say in a book.
- The desire to create continually is vulgar and betrays jealousy, envy, ambition. If one is something one really does not need to make anything –and one nonetheless does very much. There exists above the productive man a yet higher species.
- One receives as reward for much ennui, despondency, boredom –such as a solitude without friends, books, duties, passions must bring with it –those quarter-hours of profoundest contemplation within oneself and nature. He who completely entrenches himself against boredom also entrenches himself against himself: he will never get to drink the strongest refreshing draught from his own innermost fountain.
- Early in the morning, at break of day, in all the freshness and dawn of one’s strength, to read a book –I call that vicious!
- Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.
- If a woman possesses manly virtues one should run away from her; and if she does not possess them she runs away from herself.