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Single Idea 20378

[catalogued under 16. Persons / C. Self-Awareness / 2. Knowing the Self]

Full Idea

Just as the bones, flesh, intestines, and blood vessels are enclosed with skin, which makes the sight of a man bearable, so the stirrings and passions of the soul are covered up by vanity: it is the skin of the soul.

Gist of Idea

Just as skin hides the horrors of the body, vanity conceals the passions of the soul


Friedrich Nietzsche (Human, All Too Human [1878], 082)

A Reaction

What a glorious analogy! None of us should underestimate our vanity. The least vain people you ever meet can reveal their vanity if you challenge them close to home. Try accusing them of vanity! Attack their essential character! (No, don't do that).

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Human, All Too Human', ed/tr. Faber,Marion [Penguin 1994], p.62