Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Dignity of Folly.

Several millenniums further on in the path of the last century - and in everything that man does the highest prudence will be exhibited: but just thereby prudence will have lost all its dignity.  It will then, sure enough, be necessary to be prudent, but it will also be so usual and common, that a more fastidious taste will feel this necessity as vulgarity.  And just as a tyranny of truth and science would be in a position to raise the value of falsehood, a tyranny of prudence could force into prominence a new species of nobleness.  To be noble that might then mean, perhaps, to be capable of follies.  
 

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