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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Greatness as a Mask.  By greatness in our comportment we embitter our foes; by envy that we do not conceal we almost reconcile them to us.  For envy levels and makes equal; it is an 'unconscious, plaintive variety of modesty.  It may be indeed that here and there, for the sake of the above-named advantage, envy has been assumed as a mask by those who are not envious.  Certainly, however, greatness in comportment is often used as the mask of envy by ambitious men who would rather suffer drawbacks and embitter their foes than let it be seen that they place them on an equal footing with themselves.  
 

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