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[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 2. Wise People]

Full Idea

One ought not to use one's wisdom to become clever!

Gist of Idea

Don't use wisdom in order to become clever!


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 308)

A Reaction

And I would add 'don't think that being clever makes you wise'. Nietzsche, as always, is subtler than me (which is why I read him a lot). Presumably wisdom is broad, and cleverness is focused. Will becoming clever spoil someone's wisdom?

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.191