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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At Once Richer and Poorer.  I know a man who accustomed himself even in childhood to think well of the intellectuality of mankind — in other words, of their real devotion as regards things of the intellect, their unselfish preference for that which is recognised as true — but who had at the same time a modest or even depreciatory view of his own brain (judgment, memory, presence of mind, imagination).  He set no value on himself when he compared himself with others.  Now in the course of years he was compelled, first once and then in a hundred ways, to revise this verdict.  One would have thought he would be thoroughly satisfied and delighted.  Such, in fact, was to some extent the case, but, as he once said, "Yet a bitterness of the deepest dye is mingled with my feeling, such as I did not know in earlier life; for since I learnt to value men and myself more correctly, my intellect seems to me of less use.  I scarcely think I can now do any good at all with it, because the minds of others cannot understand the good.  I now always see before me the frightful gulf between those who could give help and those who need help.  So I am troubled by the misfortune of having my intellect to myself and of being forced to enjoy it alone so far as it can give any enjoyment.  But to give is more blessed than to possess, and what is the richest man in the solitude of a desert”?  
 

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