Human, All Too Human

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Demanding pity as a sign of arrogance. There are people, who, when they become angry and offend others, demand first that nothing be held against them, and second, that they be pitied because they are prey to such violent attacks. Human arrogance can go that far.

Friedrich NietzscheHuman, All Too Human: Section Six: Man in Society - Aphorism #3584828 years, 4 months ago 

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Bait. "Every man has his price"4-- that is not true. But every one has a bait into which he must bite. Thus, to win certain people to a matter, one need only paint it as human, noble, charitable, self-sacrificing--and what matter could not be painted thus? It is the sweet candy of their souls: others have another.

4. Attributed to Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)

Friedrich NietzscheHuman, All Too Human: Section Six: Man in Society - Aphorism #3595028 years, 4 months ago 

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Behavior when praised. When good friends praise a talented man's nature, he often appears pleased about it out of politeness and good will, but in truth it is a matter of indifference to him. His real nature is quite sluggish about it, and cannot be dragged one step out of the sun or shade in which it lies; but men want to give joy by praising, and we would sadden them if we did not take pleasure in their praise.

Friedrich NietzscheHuman, All Too Human: Section Six: Man in Society - Aphorism #3604088 years, 4 months ago 

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What Socrates found out. If someone has mastered one subject, it usually has made him a complete amateur in most other subjects; but people judge just the reverse, as Socrates found out. This is the drawback that makes associating with masters disagreeable.

Friedrich NietzscheHuman, All Too Human: Section Six: Man in Society - Aphorism #3614698 years, 4 months ago 

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Means of bestialization.5 In the struggle with stupidity the fairest and gentlest people finally become brutal. Perhaps that is the right way for them to defend themselves; for by rights the argument against a stupid brow is a clenched fist. But because, as we said, they have a fair and gentle disposition, this means of self-defense makes their own suffering greater than the suffering they inflict.

5. Vertierung. In Zimmern's text Verteidiging (defense)

Friedrich NietzscheHuman, All Too Human: Section Six: Man in Society - Aphorism #3625098 years, 4 months ago