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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Measure and Moderation.  Of two quite lofty things, measure and moderation, it is best never to speak.  A few know their force and significance, from the mysterious paths of inner experiences and conversions: they honour in them something quite godlike, and are afraid to speak aloud.  All the rest hardly listen when they are spoken about, and think the subjects under discussion are tedium and mediocrity.  We must perhaps except those who have once heard a warning note from that realm but have stopped their ears against the sound.  The recollection of it makes them angry and exasperated.  
 

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