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Human, All Too Human by Friedrich Nietzsche
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Aug 25, 12

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Read from August 19 to 25, 2012

Nietzsche's thought is one with which all others must engage and grapple. No matter the content of any particular ideology, Nietzsche is there to perform his famous "philosophizing with a hammer" and to offer the most concise and sharpest criticisms. No matter how often you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with him, one must admit that his aphorisms are filled with insight and wisdom -- and cut to the bone every time.
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08/19/2012 page 35
13.0% ""Among the things that can drive a thinker to despair is the knowledge that the illogical is necessary for man and that much good comes from it. It is so firmly lodged in the passions, in speech, in art, in religion, and generally in everything which endows life with value, that one cannot extricate it without doing irreparable harm to these beautiful things."
08/19/2012 page 58
21.0% "How is it that every execution offends us more than a murder? It is the coldness of the judges, the painful preparations, the understanding that a man is here being used as a means to deter others. For guilt is not being punished, even if there were guilt; guilt lies in the educators, the parents, the environment, in us, not in the murderer -- I am talking about the motivating circumstances."
08/24/2012 page 199
72.0% "When entering a marriage, one should ask the question: do you think you will be able to have good conversations with this woman right into old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory, but most of the time in interaction is spent in conversation."

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