A human being who strives for something great looks at everyone he meets along his way either as a means or as a delay and an obstacle - or as a temporary place to rest. His characteristic high-quality goodness towards his fellow men is first possible when he has reached his height and governs. His impatience and his awareness that until that point he is always sentenced to comedy - for even war is a comedy and conceals, just as every means hides the end - corrupt all contacts for him: this kind of man knows loneliness and what is most poisonous in it.

Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil
Part IX - Aphorism # 273

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