Quote for the Week

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What tempts us to look at all philosophers half suspiciously and half mockingly is not so much that we recognize again and again how innocent they are, how often and how easily they make mistakes and lose their way, in short their childishness and childlike-ness—but rather that they are not sufficiently candid, though they make a great virtuous noisy to-do as soon as the problem of truthfulness is even remotely touched on. Every one of them pretends that he has reached and discovered his opinions through the self-development of cold, pure, divinely untroubled dialectic (in distinction to the mystics of every rank who, more honest and fatuous, talk about “inspiration”), whereas, at bottom, a pre-conceived dogma, a notion, an “institution”, or mostly a heart’s desire, made abstract and refined, is defended by them with arguments sought after the fact.

–-Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, I.5, Marianne Cowan translation

Posted on 20/04/2014, in philosophy, quotes and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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