The educational system. The educational system in large states will always be mediocre at best, for the same reason that the cooking in large kitchens is at best mediocre. (Human-all-too-Human, 467).
Copies. Not infrequently, one encounters copies of important people; and, as with paintings, most people prefer the copy to the orginal. (Human-all-too-Human, 294).
Under peaceful conditions a warlike man sets upon himself. (Beyond Good and Evil, 76).
There are no moral phenomena at all, but only moral interpretation of phenomena --(Beyond Good and Evil, 108).
Madness is rare in individuals--but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule (Beyond Good and Evil,156).
Enemies of Truth. Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. (Human-all-too-Human, 483).
From the Military School of Life. What does not kill me makes me stronger. (Twilight of the Idols, "Maxims and Arrows" 8).
New Struggles.-- After Buddha was dead, his shadow was still shown for centuries in a cave--a tremendous, gruesome shadow. God is dead; but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown.--Andwe--we still have to vanquish his shadow, too. (The Gay Science, 108)
For the new year.--I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think. Sum, ergo cogito: cogito, ergo sum. Today everybody permits himself the expression of his wish and his dearest thought; hence I , too, shall say what it is that I wish from myself today, and what was the first thought to run across my heart this year--what thought shall be for me the reason, warranty, and sweetness of my life henceforth. I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor Fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer. (The Gay Science, 276).
I know my fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous--a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed so far. I am no man, I am dynamite.-- (Ecce Homo, "Why I am a Destiny", 1).