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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Disappointment.  When a long life of action distinguished by speeches and writings gives publicity to a man's personality, personal intercourse with him is generally disappointing on two grounds.  Firstly, one expects too much from a brief period of intercourse (namely, all that the thousand and one opportunities of life can alone bring out).  Secondly, no recognised person gives himself the trouble to woo recognition in individual cases.  He is too careless, and we are at too high a tension.  

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