The elemental fact, present in our consciousness every moment of our existence, is: i am life that wills to live, in the midst of life that wills to live.... The essence of the humane spirit is: preserve life, promote life, help life to achieve its highest destiny. The essence of evil is: destroy life, harm life, hamper the development of life
Anything which is a living and not a dying body... will have to be an incarnate will to power, it will strive to grow, spread, seize, become predominant - not from any morality or immorality but because it is living and because life simply is will to power... 'exploitation'... belongs to the essence of what lives, as a basic organic function; it is a consequence of the will to power, which is after all the will to life.
The essence and foundation of house of commons debating is formal conversation. the set speech, the harangue addressed to constituents, or to the wider public out of doors, has never succeeded much in our small wisely-built chamber. to do any good you have got to get down to grips with the subject and in human touch with the audience.
The impulse to perfection cannot exist where the definition of perfection is the arbitrary decision of authority. That which is born in loneliness and from the heart cannot be defended against the judgment of a committee of sycophants. The volatile essences which make literature cannot survive the clichs of a long series of story conferences.
Scientific method, although in its more refined forms it may seem complicated, is in essence remarkably simply. It consists in observing such facts as will enable the observer to discover general laws governing facts of the kind in question. The two stages, first of observation, and second of inference to a law, are both essential, and each is susceptible of almost indefinite refinement. (1931)