Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Ability to Contradict.  Everyone knows at present that the ability to endure contradiction is a good indication of culture.  Some people even know that the higher man courts opposition, and provokes it, so as to get a cue to his hitherto unknown partiality.  But the ability to contradict, the attainment of a good conscience in hostility to the accustomed, the traditional and the hallowed, that is more than both the above named abilities, and is the really great, new and astonishing thing in our culture, the step of all steps of the emancipated intellect: who knows that?  
 

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