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A wonderful quote from the Twilight of the Idols


"That for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts. There is always a kind of contempt in the act of speaking."

Readers Comments

  1. what's great about it? there is nothing great about it. it's stupid. it's anti-human.

  2. Hi SR

    I don't find it anti-human at all. I liked it because it indicates the difficulty of expressing anything original with a pre-scripted vocabulary and language. Plus it also indicates how language is an attempt to capture an emotion, a sight, a sound, an idea in words that inevitably limit or 'kill' that for which there is no language. The irony is that Nietzsche captures this idea (if i've understood it correctly) extremely well in these two sentences!

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