200 of the Best Big Brain Quotes

Here’s an amalgam of smart people who said some pretty profound stuff. Enjoy 🙂

“The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind” — Albert Camus

“Rather than love, than money, than fame; give me truth” — Thoreau

“Its absurd to divide people into good and bad. people are either charming or tedious” — Oscar Wilde

“I have no right to do myself an injury. Have I ever injured anyone else if I could avoid it?” — Marcus Aurelius

“It’s impossible to think and hit at the same time” — Yogi Berra

“If you’re memorizing it’s an indication you don’t understand” — Naval Ravikant

“Nothing is so certain as that the evils of idleness can be shaken off by hard work” — Seneca

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. just walk beside me and be my friend” — Albert Camus

“Weaklings are those who know the truth but maintain it only as far as it’s in their interest to do so, and apart from that forsaken it” — Blaise Pascal

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking, just as the man who spends too much time in the theatres is apt to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life” — Einstein

“Never let the audience know how it’s going to come out. get them on your time, and when the time comes and everything is right; let it fly” — Marlon Brando

“Culture is a cooperation between the self and the ego. mythology is the language of the self speaking to the ego. It is up to the ego to learn how to read it” — Joseph Campbell

“Ambition, I have come to believe, is the most primal and sacred fundament of our being. To feel ambition and to act upon it is to embrace the unique calling of our souls. Not to act upon that ambition is to turn our backs on ourselves and on the reason for our existence.” — Steven Pressfield

“As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome” — Noam Chomsky

“The more peak experiences a person has, the closer they come to self actualization” — Abraham Maslow

“Wealth is the product of mans capacity to think” — Ayn Rand

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat” — Sun Tzu

“The traits I respect are erudition and the courage to stand up when half-men are afraid for their reputations. any idiot can be intelligent” — Nicholas Taleb

“In math, 10 x 1 is always the same as 1 x 10, but in real life, it rarely is. You can trick ten people once, but it’s much harder to trick one person ten times.” — Rory Sutherland

“I am more greatly moved by people who struggle to express themselves. I prefer incoherence in the face of great feeling to beautiful, full sentences that convey little emotion” — Daniel Day Lewis

“A man could write much better after eating a porterhouse steak and drinking a pint of whiskey than he could ever write after eating a nickle candy bar” — Charles Bukowski

“ego can be defined as a dysfunction relationship with the present moment” — Eckhart Tolle

“If i have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants” — Issac Newton

“Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet they alone constitute the way to real and true freedom” — Fyodor Dostoyevski

“That which you most need will be found where you least want to look” — Carl Jung

“The intellect is a vagabond, and our system of education fosters restlessness” — Ralph Emerson

“Liberty is the soul’s right to breathe, and when it cannot take a long breath, laws are girdled too tight. without liberty man is a syncope.” — Henry Ward Beecher

“You don’t want to peak early, if you’ve always gotten what you wanted it’ll be hard to break out of where you came from” — Naval Ravikant

“Society is in conspiracy against the manhood of its members” — Ralph Emerson

“Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress.” — Anton Chekhov

“Blessed are the forgetful for they forget even the better of their blunders” — Nietzsche

“We have a very imperfect knowledge of the human heart if we do not also examine it in crowds” — Rousseau

“I believe people don’t think their way into acting different, rather they act their way into thinking different.” — Dax Shepard

“Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Depression is your soul telling you it’s tired of the character you’ve been playing” — Jim Carrey

“The trouble with most of us is we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism” — Norman Vincent Peale

“It’s okay to be eccentric if you’re rich; otherwise you’re just crazy.” — Yvon Chouinard

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” — Aristotle

“If, after spending time with a person, you feel as though you’ve lost a quart of plasma, avoid that person in the future” — William S Burroughs

“If your beliefs aren’t your own, whose are they? who are you? you must re-examine all of your assumptions, and only a small fraction of them are readily visible. unchallenged beliefs can define you and determine the course of your life” — Jed McKenna

“What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome” — Nietzsche

“Strive for excellence in few things, rather than good performance in many” — Richard Koch 80/20

“For 33 years I looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘if today were my last, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?’ whenever the answer was ‘no’ for too many days in a row I know I need to change something” — Steve Jobs

“Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest.” — Orson Welles

“Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious” — Carl Jung

“The more specific you are in your ‘want’ matched with your skill set, the more likely you are to be successful” — Jeff Garlin

“A wise man cares more about when and where he was wrong than when and where he was right. valuing what you know over what you don’t know is the most classic sucker trade” — Fat Tony

“When you have under-adequate knowledge, your mind compensates by creating over-adequate ego” — Shankar Sharma

“Knowledge grows much more by subtraction than by addition. given that what we know today could turn out to be wrong, but we know to be wrong can’t turn out to be right. at least not as easily.” — Nicholas Taleb

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” — Soren Kierkegaard

“Don’t try.” — Charles Bukowski

“One has attained to mastery when one neither goes wrong nor hesitates in the performance.” — Nietzsche

“Dreams without motion are delusions, escape, kids play. you have to put your feet into your dreams if they’re ever going to be reality” — Paul Newman

“If you never do anything differently, you’ll reduce your chances of enjoying lucky accidents” — Rory Sutherland

“Discovery is the difference between what’s literally obvious and what seems obvious in hindsight” — Paul Graham

“A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thought, so he loses touch with reality and lives in a world of illusions” — Alan Watts

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln

“It is said that the best horses lose when they compete with slower ones and win against better rivals. Undercompensation from the absence of a stressor, inverse hormesis, absence of challenge, degrades the best of the best.” — Nicholas Taleb

“Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. the debt we owe play is incalculable.” — Carl Jung

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect” — Mark Twain

“Listening is an affluential skill. the more you give others space to talk, the better you understand them and the more willing they are to listen to themselves” — Masada Siegel

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions” — Nietzsche

“If you can get out of your own neuroses, your eyes will be open to all the possibilities of what you can be. otherwise, you’re ineffective as a human being” — Henry Winkler

“Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.” — Sun Tzu

“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” ― C.S. Lewis

“If there’s an argument in the scene that indicates stress or anger, the up the middle choice would be to raise your voice and ‘be angry’, but what we all know on a deep level about the people performing who really grab us is that they have an intuition for the choices that reflect the way that those things actually manifest themselves in reality.” — Edward Norton on ‘up the middle choices’

“Pain or love or danger makes you real again” — Jack Kerouac

“People who isolate themselves are much more vulnerable to influence and persuasion” — Robert Greene

“Pick up a book on a topic you know next to nothing about. Put yourself in rooms where you’re the least knowledgeable person. That uncomfortable feeling, that defensiveness that you feel when your most deeply held assumptions are challenged—what about subjecting yourself to it deliberately? Change your mind. Change your surroundings.” — Ryan Holiday

“If a man doesn’t keep pace with his companions, perhaps it’s because he hears a different drummer. let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away” — Henry Thoreau via Principles of Dalio

“If you’re in a scene and you don’t know what you’re going to do, don’t do anything. Now it’s tricky not to do anything. It’s not as easy as easy not doing anything. There’s some weight that your have to find…not doing anything but being there. You gotta train your ear. You gotta listen. I’ve been in many scenes where I don’t say a word, and there’s other actors talking, and one thing that helped me get around myself was really listening to what they’re talking about. And then it looked like I was doing something but I wasn’t doing anything. I was listening.” — Benicio del Toro

“The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing” — David Foster Wallace

“Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.” — René Descartes

“You know, when you take your mask off, theres a shit load of people still wearing a mask who aren’t going to like that you’re making their mask look like a mask” — Jim Carrey

“When there is stress, it is usually a sign that the ego has returned, and you are cutting yourself off from the creative power of the universe.” — Eckhart Tolle

“How can I help it, if power likes to walk on crooked legs?” — Nietzsche

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first by reflection, which is the noblest; second by imitation, which is the easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest” — Confucius

“You put so much damned value on youth, it seems to me you confuse growing up with growing old” — Hemingway to Fitzgerald

“I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid” — Cato

“The fishermen know the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason to stay ashore” — Vincent Van Gogh

“The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function” — F Scott Fitzgerald

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance” — Emerson (Self Reliance)

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” — Goethe

“Political correctness is nothing more than fascism pretending to be manners.” — George Carlin

“These four functional types correspond to the obvious means by which consciousness obtains its orientation. sensation (or sense perception) tells you something exists; thinking tells you what it is; feeling tells you whether it’s agreeable or not; and intuition tells you where it comes from and where it’s going” — Carl Jung

“Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him” — Fyodor Dostoevsky

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates and a monthly salary” — Nicholas Taleb

“The innovator makes enemies of all those who prospered under the old order.” — The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli

“Some people get rich studying artificial intelligence. Me, I make money studying natural stupidity.” — Carl Icahn

“Be careful who you call your friends. I’d rather have four quarters than one hundred pennies.” — Al Capone

“Man requires these virtues: rationality, independence, integrity, honesty, justice, productiveness, pride.” — Ayn Rand

“A rationalist is simply someone for whom it’s more important to learn than to be proven right” — Karl Popper

“Critics are men who sit and watch a battle from a high place and come down to shoot the survivors.” — Ernest Hemingway

“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” — Henry David Thoreau

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” — Dale Carnegie

“My impression of Las Vegas: mostly prediabetic men wearing shorts.” — Nicholas Taleb

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies” — Jack Kerouac

“Nearly all creators of utopia have resembled the man who has a toothache, and therefore thinks happiness consists in not having a toothache… whoever tries to imagine perfection simply reveals his own emptiness” — George Orwell

“Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.” — Seth Godin

“Honor those who seek the truth, beware of those who’ve found it” — Voltaire

“To reveal any part of ones self is to give a weapon to an enemy” — Ayn Rand

“A person hears only what they understand.” — Goethe

“A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.” — Daniel Kahneman

“What is strong wins: that is the universal law. If only it were not so often precisely what is stupid and evil” — Nietzsche

“Improv is having each others back. don’t go into the scene loaded, just say ‘yes and’ & listen.” — Wayne Brady

“When the sentiments and ideas of all the people in the gathering take one in the same direction and their individual personalities disappear, then the gathering has become a psychological crowd. this process doesn’t require a gathering of people, an isolated individual who displays these characteristics is, for all intents and purposes, a part of the crowd.” — Gustav Le Bon (The Crowd)

“Now is the time to stop drifting and wake up—to assess yourself, the people around you, and the direction in which you are headed in as cold and brutal a light as possible. Without fear.” — Robert Greene

“A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised.” — Napoleon

“Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.” — John Steinbeck

“My father could have been a great comedian but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe jog as an accountant and when I was 12 years old he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father. not the least of which was that: you can fail at what you don’t want. so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love” — Jim Carrey

“Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it” — Nietzsche

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius

“Not great for family or interpersonal relationships, but being self involved lets you focus on achieving higher levels of success.” — Jeff Garlin

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung

“It is not the strongest, nor the most intelligent species that survives, but the one most responsive to change.” — Charles Darwin

“Study the science of art. Study the art of Science. Develop your senses, especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.” — Einstein

“Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.” — Robert Pirsig (on ego)

“While we’re busy postponing, life speeds by” — Seneca

“It is preferable to have an army of sheep led by a lion than an army of lion led by sheep” — Alexander the Great

“A mistake is not something to be determined after the fact, but in the light of the information until that point” — Nicholas Taleb

“Fanaticism is always a sign of repressed doubt.” — Carl Jung

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom” — Soren Kierkegaard

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.” — Mark Twain, The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson

“Talk to a man about himself and he’ll listen for hours” — Benjamin Disraeli

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” — Albert Einstein

“Nothing is more naked than a persons handwriting. See how nothing’s quite touching the line? That’s vanity” — Tom Ripley

“Comparison is the death of joy.” — Mark Twain

“Comparison Is the thief of Joy” — Teddy Roosevelt

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” — Heraclitus

“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”— Henry Ford

“It’s a gift to feel uncomfortable. It puts you on the journey of not buying into what your peers did.” — Pete holmes

“Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected. Truth is sometimes in conformity, sometimes not.” — Robert Pirsig

“Sympathy for all would be tyranny for thee, my good neighbor.” — Nietzsche

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”  —  Socrates

“I had escaped from my prior partisan mind-set (reject 1st, ask rhetorical 2nd) and began to think about liberal & conservative policies as manifestations of deeply conflicting but equally heartfelt visions of the good society” — Jon Haidt

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” — Carl Jung

“Be in the moment. Period. Just be there. Because if you get all like, ‘Oh I got to do this big thing.’ It just never works. It just doesn’t work. You’ve just got to let go. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Whatever you do is ok, just be truthful, honest, real, and that’s all you can ask for.” —  Robert De Niro

“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind. there’s no other definition of it” — F Scott Fitzgerald

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” — Nietzsche

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways it doesn’t work” — Thomas Edison

“No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now” — Alan watts

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” — Robert Hanlon

“There are no facts, only interpretations.” — Nietzsche

“you can change the mind of someone who says ‘no’, never the minds of those that say nothing” — Taleb

“The impediment to action advances action. what stands in the way becomes the way” — Marcus Aurelius

“Freedom lies in being bold” — Robert Frost

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” — Albert Camus

“A verbal threat is the most authentic certificate of impotence.” — Taleb

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” — George Bernard Shaw

“It’s easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see ones own faults. one shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals ones own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice” — Buddha

“Resistance feeds on fear. all the things you fear; death, failure, humiliation, abandonment, betrayal, are just a microcosm of what you’re most afraid of; the real fear? the mother of all fears, is the fear that we will succeed and access the powers to become what we truly are. this is the most terrifying thing for a human being because it ejects him at one go from all the tribal inclusions his psyche is wired for. we fear discovering we’re more than we think we are. we fear this bc it’s true.” — Steven Pressfield

“It is crowds rather than isolated individuals that may be induced to run the risk of death to secure the triumph of a creed or an idea, that may be fired with enthusiasm for glory and honour… Such heroism is without doubt somewhat unconscious, but it is of such heroism that history is made” — Gustave Le Bon

“Whoever battles monsters should take care not to become a monster too, For if you stare long enough into the Abyss, the Abyss stares also into you.” — Nietzsche

“It’s always good to act crazy first, because later you can appear normal” — Hunter S Thompson

“No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience” — John Locke

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go war first and then seek to win” — Sun Tzu

“If you don’t mind being wrong on the way to being right you’ll learn a lot, and increase your effectiveness. if you can’t tolerate being wrong, you will not grow” — Ray Dalio

“Of the value traps, the most widespread and pernicious is value rigidity. This is an inability to revalue what one sees because of commitment to previous values. In motorcycle maintenance, you must rediscover what you do as you go. Rigid values makes this impossible.” — Robert Pirsig

Distilled thinking is “thinking based on information around us that is stripped of meaningless [and] diverting clutter.” — Taleb

“Impatience is the single greatest pitfall, you convince yourself that your work is over & well done, buy this is impatience speaking. this colored judgement will unconsciously veer you toward repetition reusing the same ideas as a shortcut. unfortunately, the creative process requires continual intensity and vigor. each exercise or project is different, so hurrying to the end will ensure a mediocre result; bend to the moment and be flexible in order to explore.” — Robert Greene

“Its not what we don’t know that gets us in trouble. it’s what we know for sure that just aint so”— Mark Twain

“I see my students searching for a calling, which they can only find as part of a larger group. I now see them striving and searching on two levels simultaneously, for we are all homo duplex” — John Haidt

“Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it” … Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it” — Baruch Spinoza (Ethics)

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” — Nietzsche

“Children are happy because: 1) They’re not self conscious 2) They lack a sense of time pressure 3) They’ve no goals. The bottom line is they are living from moment to moment, and the mind is not there to interfere in their bliss.” — Naval Ravikant

“Criticize by creating” — Michelangelo

“Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature” — John Locke

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” — Plato

“The loudest one in the room is always the weakest” — Frank Lucas

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” — Soren Kierkegaard

“Never think that lack of variability is stability. Don’t confuse lack of volatility with stability, ever.” — Taleb

“It is high time that we realized that it is pointless to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is much more needful to preach the art of seeing.” — Carl Jung

“This world is but canvas to our imaginations.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Morality is herd instinct in the individual” —Nietzsche

“People usually think that progress consists in the increase of knowledge, in the improvement of life, but that isn’t so. Progress consists only in the greater clarification of answers to the basic questions of life. The truth is always accessible to a man. It can’t be otherwise, because a man’s soul is a divine spark, the truth itself. It’s only a matter of removing from this divine spark (the truth) everything that obscures it. Progress consists, not in the increase of truth, but in freeing it from its wrappings. The truth is obtained like gold, not by letting it grow bigger, but by washing off from it everything that isn’t gold” — Leo Tolstoy

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” — Mark Twain

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance” — Socrates

“If you don’t get what you want, it’s a sign that you didn’t take it seriously, or you tried to bargain over the price” — Rudyard Kipling

“The chains of habits are too light to be felt until they’re too heavy to be changed” — Samuel Johnson

“More data, such as paying attention to the eye colors of people around while crossing the street, can make you miss the big truck” — Taleb

“My dad always said there’s only one time to be in a hurry; when the cops are coming up the stairs” — Marlon Brando (Guys & Dolls)

“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything up close” — Chuck Palahniuk

“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you, except yourself” — Rita Mae Brown

“Recall that the fragile want tranquility, the anti-fragile grows from disorder, and the robust doesn’t care too much” — Taleb

“Anxiety, the next gumption trap, is sort of the opposite of ego. You’re so sure you’ll do everything wrong you’re afraid to do anything at all. Often this, rather than “laziness,” is the real reason you find it hard to get started. This gumption trap of anxiety, which results from overmotivation, can lead to all kinds of errors of excessive fussiness… The best way to break this cycle, I think, is to work out your anxieties on paper. Read every book and magazine you can on the subject. Your anxiety makes this easy and the more you read the more you calm down. You should remember that it’s peace of mind you’re after and not just a fixed machine.” — Robert Pirsig

“My entire book Fooled by Randomness was that the modern interpretation of “Intelligence” (as reflected in IQ tests/school grades) seems to favor those prone to be *fooled by false patterns* over those who can intellectually grasp the notion of randomness/absence of information.” — Taleb

“Van Gogh writing his brother for paints. Hemingway testing his shotgun. Celine going broke as a doctor of medicine. the impossibility of being human. Villon expelled from Paris for being a thief. Faulkner drunk in the gutters of his town. the impossibility of being human. Burroughs killing his wife with a gun. the impossibility of being human. Maupassant going mad in a rowboat. Dostoyevsky lined up against a wall to be shot. Crane off the back of a boat into the propeller. the impossibility. Sylvia with her head in the oven like a baked potato. Harry Crosby leaping into that Black Sun. Lorca murdered in the road by Spanish troops the impossibility. Artaud sitting on a madhouse bench. Chatterton drinking rat poison. Shakespeare a plagiarist. Beethoven with a horn stuck into his head against deafness. the impossibility the impossibility. Nietzsche gone totally mad. the impossibility of being human, all too human. this breathing in and out, out and in, these punks these cowards these champions these mad dogs of glory moving this little bit of light toward us impossibly” — Charles Bukowski

“a man who strives after great things looks upon everyone he encounters on his way either as a means of advance, or delay & hindrance- or as a temporary resting place. his peculiar lofty bounty to his fellow men is only possible when he attains his elevation and dominates. impatience and the consciousness of being always condemned to comedy up to that time- for even strife is a comedy, and conceals the end, as every means does- spoil all intercourse for him; this kind of man is acquainted with solitude, and what is most poisonous in it.” — Nietzsche