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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To Will the Good and be Capable of the Beautiful.  It is not enough to practise the good one must have willed it, and, as the poet says, include the Godhead in our will.  But the beautiful we must not will, we must be capable of it, in innocence and blindness, without any psychical curiosity.  He that lights his lantern to find perfect men should remember the token by which to know them.  They are the men who always act for the sake of the good and in so doing always attain to the beautiful without thinking of the beautiful.  Many better and nobler men, from impotence or from want of beauty in their souls, remain unrefreshing and ugly to behold, with all their good will and good works.  

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