The pride connected with knowing and sensing lies like a blinding fog over the eyes and senses of men, thus deceiving them concerning the value of existence.
The admiration of a quality or of an art may be so strong as to deter us from aspiring to possess that quality or art.
Our character is determined more by the absence of certain experiences than by the experiences we have undergone.
Only by forgetting that he himself is an artistically creating subject, does man live with any repose, security, and consistency. If but for an instant he could escape from the prison walls of this faith, his “self consciousness” would be immediately destroyed.
It is an excellent thing to express a thing consecutively in two ways, and thus provide it with a right and a left foot. Truth can stand indeed on one leg, but with two she will walk and complete her journey.
Is Wagner a man at all? Is he not rather a disease? Everything he touches he makes morbid – he has made music morbid.