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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Danger in Wealth.  Only a man of intellect should hold property: otherwise property is dangerous to the community.  For the owner, not knowing how to make use of the leisure which his possessions might secure to him, will continue to strive after more property.  This strife will be his occupation, his strategy in the war with ennui.  So in the end real wealth is produced from the moderate property that would be enough for an intellectual man.  Such wealth, then, is the glittering outcrop of intellectual dependence and poverty, but it looks quite different from what its humble origin might lead one to expect, because it can mask itself with culture and art — it can, in fact, purchase the mask.  Hence it excites envy in the poor and uncultured — who at bottom always envy culture and see no mask in the mask — and gradually paves the way for a social revolution.  For a gilded coarseness and a histrionic blowing of trumpets in the pretended enjoyment of culture inspires that class with the thought, "It is only a matter of money” whereas it is indeed to some extent a matter of money, but far more of intellect.  
 

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