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    Genius declares itself to be a kind of higher masculinity.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: genius 
     
    Fate determines many things, no matter how we struggle.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: fate  struggle 
     
    The great genius does not let his work be determined by the concrete finite conditions that surround him, whilst it is from these that the work of the statesman takes its direction and its termination. ... It is the genius in reality and not the other who is the creator of history, for it is only the genius who is outside and unconditioned by history.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: work  reality  genius 
     
    Everything evil is revenge.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: evil  revenge 
     
    An individual's arrogance is always in proportion to his lack of self-assurance.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: arrogance 
     
    A creature that cannot grasp the mutual exclusiveness of A and not A has no difficulty in lying; more than that, such a creature has not even any consciousness of lying, being without a standard of truth.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: truth  lying  standard 
     
    Universality is the distinguishing mark of genius. There is no such thing as a special genius, a genius for mathematics, or for music, or even for chess, but only a universal genius. The genius is a man who knows everything without having learned it.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: men  music  genius  mathematics  chess 
     
    But the higher a man mounts, the greater may be his fall; all genius is a conquering of chaos, mystery.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: men  mystery  chaos  genius 
     
    Woman, in short, has an unconscious life, man a conscious life, and the genius the most conscious life.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: men  women  conscious  genius 
     
    It is not the fear of death which creates the desire for immortality, but the desire for immortality which causes the fear of death.
    — Otto Weininger
    The decision must be made between Judaism and Christianity, between business and culture, between male and female, between the race and the individual, between unworhtiness and worth, between the earthly and the higher life, between negation and God-like. Mankind has the choice to make. There are only two poles, and there is no middle way.
    — Otto Weininger
    A genius has perhaps scarcely ever appeared amongst the negroes, and the standard of their morality is almost universally so low that it is beginning to be acknowledged in America that their emancipation was an act of imprudence.
    — Otto Weininger
    The Jew is an inborn Communist.
    — Otto Weininger
    Every true, eternal problem is an equally true, eternal fault; every answer an atonement, every realisation an improvement.
    — Otto Weininger
    The man of genius possesses, like everything else, the complete female in himself; but woman herself is only a part of the Universe, and the part can never be the whole; femaleness can never include genius. This lack of genius on the part of woman is inevitable because woman is not a monad, and cannot reflect the Universe.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: men  women  genius  universe 
     
    In those rare individual cases where women approach genius they also approach masculinity.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: women  genius 
     
    No men who really think deeply about women retain a high opinion of them; men either despise women or they have never thought seriously about them.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: men  women  thoughts  opinion 
     
    Colour-blindness always extends to the complementary colours. Those who are red blind are also green blind; those who are blind to blue have no consciousness of yellow. This law holds good for all mental phenomena; it is a fundamental condition of consciousness.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: law  mental  fundamental 
     
    The fixed stars signify the angel in man. That is why man orients himself by them; and that is why women have no appreciation for the starry sky; because they have no sense of the angel in man.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: men  women  star  appreciation  angel 
     
    To understand a man is really to be that man.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: men 
     
    The deepest, the intelligible, part of the nature of man is that part which does not take refuge in causality, but which chooses in freedom the good or the bad.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: nature  men  freedom  bad 
     
    Not only virtue, but also insight, not only sanctity but also wisdom, are the duties and tasks of mankind.
    — Otto Weininger
    The number of different aspects that the face of a man has assumed may be taken almost as a physiognomical measure of his ... genius.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: men  genius 
     
    In order to depict a man one must understand him, and to understand him one must be like him; in order to portray his psychological activities one must be able to reproduce them in oneself. To understand a man one must have his nature in oneself.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: nature  men  oneself 
     
    Logic and ethics are fundamentally the same, they are no more than duty to oneself
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: oneself  ethics  logic 
     
    Among the notable things about fire is that it also requires oxygen to burn - exactly like its enemy, life. Thereby are life and flames so often compared.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: enemies  fire  enemy 
     
    The genius which runs to madness is no longer genius.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: madness  genius 
     
    It is certainly true that most men need some kind of a God. A few, and they are the men of genius, do not bow to an alien law. The rest try to justify their doings and misdoings, their thinking and existence (at least the menial side of it), to some one else, whether it be the personal God of the Jews, or a beloved, respected, and revered human being. It is only in this way that they can bring their lives under the social law. . . .
    — Otto Weininger
    There are probably very few people who have not at some time of their lives had some quality of genius. If they have not had such, it is probable that they have also been without great sorrow or great pain. They would have needed only to live sufficiently intently for a time for some quality to reveal itself. The poems of first love are a case in point, and certainly such love is a sufficient stimulus.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: time  people  pain  live  sorrow  genius  poem  quality 
     
    A man is first reverent about himself, and self-respect is the first stage in reverence for all things.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: men 
     
    With ordinary men the moments which are united in a close continuity out of the original discrete multiplicity are very few, and the course of their lives resembles a little brook, whereas with the genius it is more like a mighty river into which all the little rivulets flow from afar; that is to say, the universal comprehension of genius vibrates to no experience in which all the individual moments have not been gathered up and stored.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: men  live  experience  moment  genius 
     
    A man is himself important precisely in proportion that all things seem important to him.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: men 
     
    Talent is hereditary; it may be the common possession of a whole family (eg, the Bach family); genius is not transmitted; it is never diffused, but is strictly individual.
    — Otto Weininger
    tags: talent  genius 
     
    There is, moreover, very little sense in preventing young people from giving expression to their ideas on the pretext that they have less experience than have older persons. There are many who may live a thousand years without encountering experience of any value. It could only be in a society of persons equally gifted that such an idea could have any meaning.
    — Otto Weininger
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