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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Enmity to Light.  If we make it clear to any one that, strictly, he can never speak of truth, but only of probability and of its degrees, we generally discover, from the undisguised joy of our pupil, how greatly men prefer the uncertainty of their intellectual horizon, and how in their heart of hearts they hate truth because of its definiteness.  Is this due to a secret fear felt by all that the light of truth may at some time be turned too brightly upon themselves?  To their wish to be of some consequence and accordingly their concealment from the world of what they are?  Or is it to be traced to their horror of the all too brilliant light, to which their crepuscular, easily dazzled, bat-like souls are not accustomed, so that hate it they must?  
 

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