// by Friedrich Nietzsche | Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

Need is considered the cause why something came to be; but in truth it is often merely an effect of what has come to be.

Ordinary people fancy they see something rigid, complete and permanent; in truth, however, light and dark, bitter and sweet are attached to each other and interlocked at any given moment like wrestlers of whom sometimes the one, sometimes the other is on top.

The strife of the opposites gives birth to all that comes-to-be; the definite qualities which look permanent to us express but the momentary ascendancy of one partner.

And 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.

Perhaps I know why it is man alone who laughs: He alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.