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Kelly Clarkson for the Weekend

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

Makeup Quote for the Week I

[C]onvictions might be more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

I call a lie: wanting not to see something one does see, wanting not to see something as one sees it: whether the lie takes place before witnesses or without witnesses is of no consequence. The most common lie is the lie one tells to oneself; lying to others is relatively the exception.–Now this desiring not to see what one sees, this desiring not to see as one sees, is virtually the primary condition for all who are in any sense party: the party man necessarily becomes a liar.

-–Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist, 55 (emphasis added)

All the more relevant in the wake of the Penn State mess.

Quote for the Week II

INDIGNATION AT THE GOODWILL OF OTHERS–We are mistaken as to the extent to which we think we are hated or feared; because though we ourselves know very well the extent of our divergence from a person, tendency, or party, those others know us only superficially, and therefore, only hate us superficially.  We often meet with goodwill which is inexplicable to us; but when we comprehend it, it shocks us, because it shows that we are not considered with sufficient seriousness or importance.

Human, All-Too-Human, Part I, Article 337, by Nietzsche; translated by Helen Zimmern

Rousing Music to Start the Week

Usually I’ve been posting music on the weekends, in emulation of Arturo at Reditus and Owen at The Ubiquarian, but I thought this might be a good way to start a new workweek (though I’m not working until school starts back in August–you get the picture, anyway).