Mankind is a rope tied between beast and superman—a rope over an abyss.

Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "Prologue," section 4 (1883).
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We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.

Also sprach Zarathustra (1883-1885) pt. 3, ch. 56, sect. 23

There is no better soporific and sedative than skepticism.

How little it takes to make us happy! The sound of a bagpipe. Without music life would be a mistake. The German even imagines God as singing songs.

Twilight of the Idols, "Maxims and Arrows," section 33 (1889).

He who fights against monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the process. And when you stare persistently into an abyss, the abyss also stares into you.

Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 146 (1886).

And if you are not a bird, then beware of coming to rest above an abyss.

Unpublished fragments dating to June-July 1883.