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Single Idea 20383

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

Full Idea

The wisest man would be the one richest in contradictions, who has, as it were, antennae for all types of men - as well as his great moments of grand harmony - a rare accident even in us!

Gist of Idea

The wisest man is full of contradictions, and attuned to other people, with occasional harmony


Friedrich Nietzsche (The Will to Power (notebooks) [1888], 259)

A Reaction

By 'us' does he mean himself? Whether the rest of us thought such a person to be wise would depend on whether we met them on a contradictory or a harmonious day. Permanent harmony should be viewed with suspicion.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'The Will to Power', ed/tr. Kaufmann,W /Hollingdate,R [Vintage 1968], p.150