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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Political Fools.  The almost religious love of the king was transferred by the Greeks, when the monarchy was abolished, to the polis.  An idea can be loved more than a person, and does not thwart the lover so often as a beloved human being (for the more men know themselves to be loved, the less considerate they usually become, until they are no longer worthy of love, and a rift really arises).  Hence the reverence for State and polis was greater than the reverence for princes had ever been.  The Greeks are the political fools of ancient history — today other nations boast that distinction.  
 

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