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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A Caution against Confusion.  There are moralists who treat the strong, noble, self denying attitude of such beings as the heroes of Plutarch, or the pure, enlightened, warmth giving state of soul peculiar to truly good men and women, as difficult scientific problems.  They investigate the origin of such phenomena, indicating the complex element in the apparent simplicity, and directing their gaze to the tangled skein of motives, the delicate web of conceptual illusions, and the sentiments of individuals or of groups, that are a legacy of ancient days gradually increased.  Such moralists are very different from those with whom they are most commonly confounded, from those petty minds that do not believe at all in these modes of thought and states of soul, and imagine their own poverty to be hidden somewhere behind the glamour of greatness and purity.  The moralists say, "Here are problems” and these pitiable creatures say, "Here are impostors and deceptions”.  Thus the latter deny the existence of the very things which the former are at pains to explain.  

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