1. Heroism is the goodwill toward an absolute peril.
2. The pursuit of greatness is self-relieving; who is truly great will seek kindness.
3. Who fights monsters should be careful not to become a monster.
4. I counter foolishness by sending out a wise thought as soon as possible so that it would have the chance to chase the former.
5. One must pay dearly for immortality: one has to die several times while one is still alive.
6. There is a degree of avid falsehood called “good conscience.”
7. One must learn to love oneself – thus do I teach – with a wholesome and healthy love: that one may endure to be with oneself, and not go roving about.
8. I mistrust all systematizers and avoid them. The will to a system is a lack of integrity.
9. In good people, I am the last to be repelled by the evil they bear in themselves.
10. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.