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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The Mistake of Those who Pay Homage.  Everyone thinks he is paying a most agreeable compliment to a thinker when he says that he himself hit upon exactly the same idea and even upon the same expression.  The thinker, however, is seldom delighted at hearing such news, nay, rather, he often becomes distrustful of his own thoughts and expressions.  He silently resolves to revise both someday.  If we wish to pay homage to any one, we must beware of expressing our agreement, for this puts us on the same level.  Often it is a matter of social tact to listen to an opinion as if it were not ours or even travelled beyond the limits of our own horizon — as, for example, when an old man once in a while opens the storehouse of his acquired knowledge.  

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