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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Displaying One's Wit.  Everyone who wishes to display his wit thereby proclaims that he has also a plentiful lack of wit.  That vice which clever Frenchmen have of adding a touch of dedain to their best ideas arises from a desire to be considered richer than they really are.  They wish to be carelessly generous, as if weary of continual spending from overfull treasuries.  

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