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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A Good Book Needs Time.  Every good book tastes bitter when it first comes out, for it has the defect of newness.  Moreover, it suffers damage from its living author, if he is well known and much talked about.  For all the world is accustomed to confuse the author with his work.  Whatever of profundity, sweetness, and brilliance the work may contain must be developed as the years go by, under the care of growing, then old, and lastly traditional reverence.  Many hours must pass, many a spider must have woven its web about the book.  A book is made better by good readers and clearer by good opponents.  
 

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