Beyond Good and Evil

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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truth for every one--that which has hitherto been the secret wish
and ultimate purpose of all dogmatic efforts. "My opinion is MY opinion:
another person has not easily a right to it"--such a philosopher of the
future will say, perhaps. One must renounce the bad taste of wishing to
agree with many people. "Good" is no longer good when one's neighbour
takes it into his mouth. And how could there be a "common good"! The
expression contradicts itself; that which can be common is always of
small value. In the end things must be as they are and have always
been--the great things remain for the great, the abysses for the
profound, the delicacies and thrills for the refined, and, to sum up
shortly, everything rare for the rare.


44. Need I say expressly after all this that they will be free, VERY
free spirits, these philosophers of the future--as certainly also they
will not be merely free spirits, but something more, higher, greater,
and fundamentally different, which does not wish to be misunderstood and
mistaken? But while I say this, I feel under OBLIGATION almost as much
to them as to ourselves (we free spirits who are their heralds and
forerunners), to sweep away from ourselves altogether a stupid old
prejudice and misunderstanding, which, like a fog, has too long made the
conception of "free spirit" obscure. In every country of Europe, and the
same in America, there is at present something which makes an abuse of
this name a very narrow, prepossessed, enchained class of spirits,
who desire almost the opposite of what our intentions and instincts
prompt--not to mention that in respect to the NEW philosophers who are
appearing, they must still more be closed windows and bolted doors.
Briefly and regrettably, they belong to the LEVELLERS, these wrongly
named "free spirits"--as glib-tongued and scribe-fingered slaves of
the democratic taste and its "modern ideas" all of them men without
solitude, without personal solitude, blunt honest fellows to whom
neither courage nor honourable conduct ought to be denied, only, they
are not free, and are ludicrously superficial, especially in their
innate partiality for seeing the cause of almost ALL human misery and
failure in the old forms in which society has hitherto existed--a notion
which happily inverts the truth entirely! What they would fain attain
with all their strength, is the universal, green-meadow happiness of the
herd, together with security, safety, comfort, and alleviation of life
for every one, their two most frequently chanted songs and doctrines
are called "Equality of Rights" and "Sympathy with All Sufferers"--and
suffering itself is looked upon by them as something

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Text Comparison with We Philologists Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Volume 8

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Classical teachers here may not be rated so high as they are in Germany, but their influence would appear to be equally powerful, and their theories of education and of classical antiquity equally chaotic.
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A young man cannot have the slightest conception of what the Greeks and Romans were.
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Do the sons of philologists easily become philologists? _Dubito_.
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oh, with what hatred would they be pursued! But they always humble themselves.
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From the traditional admiration which emanated from antiquity itself.
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42 Everything classic was thoroughly cultivated by Charles the Great, whilst he combated everything heathen with the severest possible measures of coercion.
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This contrast must be strongly emphasised: philology suffers by endeavouring to substitute the humanitarian, young men are brought forward as students of philology in order that they may thereby become humanitarians.
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"In the end, only those few ought to attain really complete knowledge who are born with artistic talent and furnished with scholarship, and who make use of the best opportunities of securing, both theoretically and practically, the necessary technical knowledge" True! 63 Instead of forming our students on the Latin models I recommend the Greek, especially Demosthenes .
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I know them--I myself am one of them.
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87 Even in the best of cases, philologists seek for no more than mere "rationalism" and Alexandrian culture--not Hellenism.
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the breeding of superior men.
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Homer is, in the world of the Hellenic discord, the pan-Hellenic Greek.
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At the time of Homer, indeed, the nature of the Greek was formed .
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Everything that has been kept down by success gradually rears itself up: history as the scorn of the conqueror; a servile sentiment and a kneeling down before the actual fact--"a sense for the State," they now call it, as if _that_ had still to be propagated! He who does not understand how brutal and unintelligent history is will never understand the stimulus to make it intelligent.
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Our knowledge is much greater, and our judgments are more moderate and just.
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As compared with all previous ages, we are now standing on a new foundation, so that something may still be expected from the human race.
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One _should_ not even know more about a thing than one could create.
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177 There will perhaps come a time when scientific work will be carried on by women, while the men will have.
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He should also be healthy, and should keep himself so, otherwise he would necessarily become distrustful of himself.
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[8] A well-known anti-Wagnerian musical critic of Vienna.