Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.

  

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Choice Ideas.  The choice style of a momentous period does not only select its words but its ideas — and both from the customary and prevailing usage.  Venturesome ideas, that smell too fresh, are to the maturer taste no less repugnant than new and reckless images and phrases.  Later on both choice ideas and choice words soon smack of mediocrity, because the scent of the choice vanishes quickly, and then nothing but the customary and commonplace element is tasted.  
 

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