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 Greeks as Interpreters.  When we speak of the Greeks we unwittingly speak of to-day and yesterday; their universally known history is a blank mirror, always reflecting something that is not in the mirror itself.  We enjoy the freedom of speaking about them in order to have the right of being silent about others — so that these Greeks themselves may whisper something in the ear of the reflective reader.  Thus the Greeks facilitate to modern men the communication of much that is debatable and hard to communicate.  
 

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