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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Young Talents.  With respect to young talents we must strictly follow Goethe's maxim, that we should often avoid harming error in order to avoid harming truth.  Their condition is like the diseases of pregnancy, and involves strange appetites.  These appetites should be satisfied and humoured as far as possible, for the sake of the fruit they may be expected to produce.  It is true that, as nurse of these remarkable invalids, one must learn the difficult art of voluntary self-abasement.  
 

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