Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Not Predestined for Knowledge.

There is a stupid humility that is quite common and when a person is afflicted with it, he is once and for all disqualified for being a disciple of knowledge.  As soon as a person of this kind perceives anything striking, he turns as it were on his heel and says to himself: "You have deceived yourself - where have your wits been!  This cannot be the truth!  " - and then, instead of looking at it and listening to it with more attention, he runs out of the way of the striking object as if intimidated, and seeks to get it out of his head as quickly as possible.  For his fundamental rule runs thus: I want to see nothing that contradicts the usual opinion concerning things!  Am I created for the purpose of discovering new truths?  There are already too many of the old ones."  
 

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