Friday, January 24, 2014

"Every Man Has Hated Mankind When He Was Less than a Man"

Friedrich Nietzsche
"Nietzsche's aristocracy has about it all the sacredness that belongs to the weak.  When he makes us feel that he cannot endure the innumerable faces, the incessant voices, the overpowering omnipresence which belongs to the mob, he will have the sympathy of anybody who has ever been sick on a steamer or tired in a crowded omnibus.  Every man has hated mankind when he was less than a man.  Every man has had humanity in his eyes like a blinding fog, humanity in his nostrils like a suffocating smell.  But when Nietzsche has the incredible lack of humour and lack of imagination to ask us to believe that his aristocracy is an aristocracy of strong muscles or an aristocracy of strong wills, it is necessary to point out the truth.  It is an aristocracy of weak nerves."

-Chesterton, "On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family," Heretics

(My emphases)

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