Why I Am so Clever
'Why do I know a few more things? Why am I so clever altogether?'
Self-celebrating and self-mocking autobiographical writings from Ecce Homo, the last work iconoclastic German philosopher Nietzsche wrote before his descent into madness.
One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives re...more
Broken into three sections on why Nietzsche is so wise, so clever, and why he writes such good books, this collection reads almost like a diatribe on how Nietzsche is so bloody cool. It’s quite self-aggrandising, and good tickle of his own ego, but impressive nonetheless. The man is unbelievably intelligent, yet this became old quite quickly.
It’s quite a slog to get th ...more
Had hard time rating -- I wouldn't recommend this monkey talk to anyone, but I'm glad I've read it at the same time.
"On this perfect day, when everything has become ripe and not only the grapes are growing brown, a ray of sunlight has fallen on to my life: I looked behind me, I looked before me, never have I seen so many and such good things together. Not in vain have I buried my forty-fourth year today, I was entitled t...more
• Thinking of yourself as a destiny, not wanting to be 'other' than you are -that is under such circumstances the highest wisdom".
• To become what one is, one must not have the faintest idea what one is.
• To live alone one must be animal or a god - says Aristotel. There is yet a third case: one must be both - a philosopher.
Every week I read one Little Black Classic and this week's is Nietzsche supposedly self-mocking autobiography.
I can be quick. To me, I found it less self-mocking and more like a man who is rather full of himself. Sure, he is exaggerating and it shows, but with this kind of snub undertones that go on to make it painfully clear he actually beliefs he is that clever.
Either that, or I just didn't understand a thing of what he was trying t ...more
It also seems to me that the rudest word, the rudest letter are more good-natured, more honest than silence. Those who keep silent almost always lack subtlety and politeness of the heart; silence is an objection, swallowing down necessarily produces a bad character, it even ruins the stomach. All those given to silence are dyspeptic. One will see that I would not like to see rudeness undervalued, it is the most humane form of contradiction by far and, in the midst of modern te ...more
He touches on how selective he is with nurturing and nourishment of his mind and soul and that he "ate badly" from "German food" and that has led to "indigestion".
He also critiques the "LIES from the bad instincts of sick" (being all the concepts 'God', 'soul', 'virtue', 'sin', 'the Beyond', 'tr ...more
Full of so many logical fallacies that it would take an army of logicians to fix it, correlation understood as causality, and so much self-aggrandizing. The dash of sexism at the end pushed it to one star.
Really this is my first experience with Nietzsche, and having known a bit about h ...more