"Do you suppose that sacrifice is the hallmark of moral action?--Just stop to consider whether sacrifice is not involved in every action that is done with deliberation, the worst as well as the best."
"As the will to truth thus gains self-consciousness--there can be no doubt of that--morality will gradually perish now: this is thegreat spectacle in a hundred acts reserved for the next two centuries in Europe--the most terrible, most questionable, and perhaps also the most hopeful of all spectacles."
"The moral earth, too, is round! The moral earth, too, has its antipodes! The antipodes, too, have their right to exist! There is still another world to be discovered--and more than one! Set sail, you philosophers!"
"I myself, I, who, so far as it is finished, have composed this tragedy of tragedies entirely singlehandedly--I, who first tied theknot of morality into existence and drew it up so tightly that only a god might loosen it (just as Horace demands!)MI myself have already killed all the gods in the fourth act--out of morality! Now what is to be done about the fifth act! Where will the tragic solution come from?--Do I need to start thinking about a comic solution?"
"Whether we immoralists do any harm to virtue?--Just as little as anarchists do to princes. It is only because they have been shotat that they once again sit securely on their thrones. Moral: we must shoot at morals."
"This is the crux of the moral pessimists: if they really wanted to promote their neighbor's redemption, then they would have to resolve themselves to spoiling existence for him, and thus to being his misfortune; out of pity, they would have to--become evil!"
"The enjoyment that all morality has given us to now and that it continues to give us--and so, what has kept it going up to now--lies in everyone's right, without lengthy investigation, to praise and blame. And who could endure life without praising and blaming!"
"Subordination to morality can be slavish or vain or self- interested or resigned or gloomily enthusiastic or thoughtless or an actof despair, just as subordination to a prince can be: in itself it is nothing moral."