Human, All-Too-Human: A Book for Free Spirits, Part 1 Complete Works, Volume Six

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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has no occasion for envy.


DANGER IN MANIFOLDNESS.--With one talent more we often stand less
firmly than with one less; just as a table stands better on three feet
than on four.


AN EXEMPLAR FOR OTHERS.--Whoever wants to set a good example must add a
grain of folly to his virtue; people then imitate their exemplar and at
the same time raise themselves above him, a thing they love to do.


BEING A TARGET.--The bad things others say about us are often not
really aimed at us, but are the manifestations of spite or ill-humour
occasioned by quite different causes.


EASILY RESIGNED.--We suffer but little on account of ungratified wishes
if we have exercised our imagination in distorting the past.


IN DANGER.--One is in greatest danger of being run over when one has
just got out of the way of a carriage.


THE ROLE ACCORDING TO THE VOICE.--Whoever is obliged to speak louder
than he naturally does (say, to a partially deaf person or before a
large audience), usually exaggerates what he has to communicate. Many
a one becomes a conspirator, malevolent gossip, or intriguer, merely
because his voice is best suited for whispering.


LOVE AND HATRED.--Love and hatred are not blind, but are dazzled by the
fire which they carry about with them.


ADVANTAGEOUSLY PERSECUTED.--People who cannot make their merits
perfectly obvious to the world endeavour to awaken a strong hostility
against themselves. They have then the consolation of thinking that
this hostility stands between their merits and the acknowledgment
thereof--- and that many others think the same thing, which is very
advantageous for their recognition.


CONFESSION.--We forget our fault when we have confessed it to another
person, but he does not generally forget it.


SELF-SUFFICIENCY.--The Golden Fleece of self-sufficiency is a
protection against blows, but not against needle-pricks.


SHADOWS IN THE FLAME.--The flame is not so bright to itself as to those
whom it illuminates,--so also the wise man.


OUR OWN OPINIONS.--The first opinion that occurs to us when we are
suddenly asked about anything is not usually our own, but only the
current opinion belonging to our caste, position, or family; our own
opinions seldom float on the surface.


THE ORIGIN OF COURAGE.--The ordinary man is as courageous and
invulnerable as a hero when he does not see the danger, when he has no
eyes for it. Reversely, the hero has his one vulnerable spot upon the
back, where he has no eyes.


THE DANGER IN THE PHYSICIAN.--One must be born for one's physician,
otherwise one comes to grief through him.


MARVELLOUS VANITY.--Whoever has courageously prophesied the weather
three times and has been successful in his hits, acquires a certain
amount of

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

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TRANSLATOR'S INTRODUCTION The subject of education was one to which Nietzsche, especially during his residence in Basel, paid considerable attention, and his insight into it was very much deeper than that of, say, Herbert Spencer or even Johann Friedrich Herbart, the latter of whom has in late years exercised considerable influence in scholastic circles.
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And, in particular, he does not know to what extent, in view of the knowledge he may actually possess, he is fitted to be a teacher.
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7 Philology as the science of antiquity does not, of course, endure for ever; its elements are not inexhaustible.
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--[1] 15 The attitude of the philologist towards antiquity is apologetic, or else dictated by the view that what our own age values can likewise be found in antiquity.
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Therefore he gets rid of himself, so to speak, makes himself subservient to a cause, does his duty strictly, and atones for his existence.
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as to whether higher education ought to be historical or not; but we may examine the second and ask: in how far is it classic? On this point there are many widespread prejudices.
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, _an enemy to one's own time.
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[2] 32 If it were the task of the philologist to impart formal education, it would be necessary for him to teach walking, dancing, speaking, singing, acting, or arguing .
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In other words, their fault is either due to their lack of insight or to their lack of will.
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simplicity! This may be seen by a reference to Leopardi, who is perhaps the greatest stylist of the century.
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Its effect is one more illusion of the modern man.
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Want of respect for antiquity.
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Even the poet does not.
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everything that men and women think of when they hear the word "love".
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147 The unmathematical undulation of the column in Paestum is analogous to the modification of the _tempo_: animation in place of a mechanical movement.
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The beautiful man, the healthy, moderate, and enterprising man, moulds the objects around him into beautiful shapes after his own image.
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People will then have to distinguish what is essential in them, what is incorrigible, and what is still susceptible of further improvement.
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A criticism of the Greeks is at the same time a criticism of Christianity; for the bases of the spirit of belief, the religious cult, and witchcraft, are the same in both--There are many rudimentary stages still remaining, but they are by this time almost ready to collapse.
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The man who could feel the progress of a ray of light would be greatly enraptured, for it is very rapid.
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He learns at the same time, however, that they may be changed into something else.