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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The Exciting Element in the History of Art.  We fall into a state of terrible tension when we follow the history of an art — as, for example, that of Greek oratory — and, passing from master to master, observe their increasing precautions to obey the old and the new laws and all these self-imposed limitations.  We see that the bow must snap, and that the so-called "loose" composition, with the wonderful means of expression smothered and concealed (in this particular case the florid style of Asianism), was once necessary and almost beneficial.  

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