Friedrich Nietzsche

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

"For this is the truth: I have moved from the house of the scholars and I even banged the door behind me. My soul sat hungry at their table too long; I am not, like them, trained to pursue knowledge as if it were nutcracking. I love freedom and the air over the fresh earth; rather would I sleep on ox hides than on their decorums and respectabilities."

Beyond Good And Evil

"It is the profound, suspicious fear of an incurable pessimism that forces whole millennia to bury their teeth in and cling to a religious interpretation of existence: the fear of that instinct which senses that one might get a hold of the truth too soon, before man has become strong enough, hard enough, artist enough."

Twilight Of The Idols

"To live alone you must be an animal or a god -- says Aristotle. He left out the third case: you must be both -- a philosopher."

The Genealogy Of Morals

"Exactly what is it that I, especially, find intolerable; that I am unable to cope with; that asphyxiates me? A bad smell. The smell of failure, of a soul that has gone stale."

The Will To Power

"And do you know what 'the world' is to me? Shall I show it to you in my mirror? This world: a monster of energy, without beginning, without end...enclosed by 'nothingness' as by a boundary...a becoming that knows no satiety, no disgust, no weariness...this, my Dionysian world, the eternally self-creating, the eternally self-destroying...without goal, unless the joy of the circle is itself a goal..."

The Gay Science

"Are we not plunging continually? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder?"