It is a new step towards independence, once a man dares to express opinions that bring disgrace on him if he entertains them; then even his friends and acquaintances begin to grow anxious. The man of talent must pass through this fire, too; afterwards he is much more his own person.
—  Human, All Too Human, Part I, Section Nine by Friedrich Nietzsche
The task of painting the picture of life, often as it has been attempted by poets and philosophers, is nevertheless irrational. Even in the hands of the greatest artist-thinkers, pictures and miniatures of one life only — their own — have come into being, and indeed no other result is possible.
—  Friedrich Nietzsche in Human, All Too Human, Part Two, Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions
The best way to begin each day well is to think upon awakening whether we could not give at least one person pleasure on this day. If this practice could be accepted as a substitute for the religious habit of prayer, our fellow men would benefit by this change.
—  Friedrich Nietzsche in Human, All Too Human, Part I, Section Nine
If we make it clear to anyone that…he can never speak of truth, but only of probability and its degrees, we generally discover…how greatly men prefer the uncertainty of their intellectual horizon, and how in their heart of hearts they hate the truth because of its definiteness. Is this due to a secret fear felt by all that the light of truth may at some time be turned to brightly upon themselves?…Or is it to be traced to their horror of the all-too-brilliant light, to which their crepuscular, easily dazzled, bat-like souls are not accustomed, so that hate it they must?
—  Friedrich Nietzsche in Human, All Too Human, Part Two, Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions
He who realises at last how long and how thoroughly he has been befooled, embraces out of spite even the ugliest reality. So that in the long run of the world’s history the best men have always been wooers of reality, for the best have always been longest and most thoroughly deceived.
—  Friedrich Nietzsche in Human, All Too Human, Part Two, Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions
Why do we overestimate love to the disadvantage of justice, saying the nicest things about it, as if it were a far higher essence than justice? Isn’t love obviously more foolish? Of course, but for just that reason so much more pleasant for everyone.
—  Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human, Part One, On the History of Moral Feelings
To escape boredom, man works either beyond what his usual needs require, or else he invents play, that is, work that is designed to quiet no need other than that for working in general. He who is tired of play, and has no reason to work because of new needs, is sometimes overcome by the longing for a third state that relates to play as floating does to dancing, as dancing does to walking, a blissful, peaceful state of motion: it is the artist’s and philosopher’s vision of happiness.
—  Human, All Too Human, Part I, Section Nine by Friedrich Nietzsche