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 Most Unskilful Teacher.  I none man all his real virtues are implanted on the soil of his spirit of contradiction, in another on his incapacity to say "no" — in other words, on his spirit of acquiescence.  A third has made all his morality grow out of his pride as a solitary, a fourth from his strong social instinct.  Now, supposing that the seeds of the virtues in these four cases, owing to mischance or unskilful teachers, were not sown on the soil of their nature, which provides them with the richest and most abundant mould, they would become weak, unsatisfactory men (devoid of morality).  And who would have been the most unskilful of teachers, the evil genius of these men?  The moral fanatic, who thinks that the good can only grow out of the good and on the soil of the good.  

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