Friedrich Nietzsche, Miscellaneous Maxims and opinions (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche).

Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions, the first supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1879.  A second supplement, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten) followed in 1880.


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To the Poets of Great Towns.  In the gardens of modern poetry it will clearly be observed that the sewers of great towns are too near.  With the fragrance of flowers is mingled something that betrays abomination and putrescence.  With pain I ask: "Must you poets always request wit and dirt to stand godfather, when an innocent and beautiful sensation has to be christened by you?  Are you obliged to dress your noble goddess in a hood of devilry and caricature?  But whence this necessity, this obligation"?  The reason is — because you live too near the sewers.  

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