Disappointment over nationalistic authoritarian regimes may have contributed to the fact that today religion offers a new and subjectively more convincing language for old political orientations.
The will is a beast of burden. If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills; if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills; Nor can it choose its rider… the riders contend for its possession.
Hence it happens that one takes words for concepts, and concepts for the things themselves.
The thirst for vengeance was the beautiful nature which Homer imitated.
Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
The formation of one’s character ought to be everyone’s chief aim.
There are writers in Germany who drink the Absolute like water; and there are books in which even the dogs make references to the Infinite.
A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.
An artist is he for whom the goal and center of life is to form his mind.