The Twilight of the Idols - The Antichrist Complete Works, Volume Sixteen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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feel superior to men, to be able to look down upon them, no longer
to feel one of them. This "disinterested person" is a despiser of
mankind; and the former is of a more humane type, whatever appearances
may seem to say to the contrary. At least he considers himself the
equal of those about him, at least he classifies himself with them.


_The psychological tact_ of Germans seems to me to have been set in
doubt by a whole series of cases which my modesty forbids me to
enumerate. In one case at least I shall not let the occasion slip
for substantiating my contention: I bear the Germans a grudge for
having made a mistake about Kant and his "backstairs philosophy," as
I call it. Such a man was not the type of intellectual uprightness.
Another thing I hate to hear is a certain infamous "and": the Germans
say, "Goethe _and_ Schiller,"--I even fear that they say, "Schiller
and Goethe." ... Has nobody found Schiller out yet?--But there are
other "ands" which are even more egregious. With my own ears I have
heard--only among University professors, it is true!--men speak of
"Schopenhauer _and_ Hartmann." ...[3]


The most intellectual men, provided they are also the most courageous,
experience the most excruciating tragedies: but on that very account
they honour life, because it confronts them with its most formidable


Concerning "_the Conscience of the Intellect_" Nothing seems to me
more uncommon to-day than genuine hypocrisy. I strongly suspect that
this growth is unable to flourish in the mild climate of our culture.
Hypocrisy belongs to an age of strong faith,--one in which one does
not lose one's own faith in spite of the fact that one has to make
an outward show of holding another faith. Nowadays a man gives it
up; or, what is still more common, he acquires a second faith,--in
any case, however, he remains honest. Without a doubt it is possible
to have a much larger number of convictions at present, than it was
formerly: _possible_--that is to say, allowable,--that is to say,
_harmless._ From this there arises an attitude of toleration towards
one's self. Toleration towards one's self allows of a greater number
of convictions: the latter live comfortably side by side, and they
take jolly good care, as all the world does to-day, not to compromise
themselves. How does a man compromise himself to-day? When he is
consistent; when he pursues a straight course; when he has anything
less than five faces; when he is genuine.... I very greatly fear that
modern man is much too fond of comfort for certain

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