The free intellect copies human life, but it considers this life to be something good and seems to be quite satisfied with it. That immense framework and planking of concepts to which the needy man clings his whole life long in order to preserve himself is nothing but a scaffolding and toy for the most audacious feats of the liberated intellect. And when it smashes this framework to pieces, throws it into confusion, and puts it back together in an ironic fashion, pairing the most alien things and separating the closest, it is demonstrating that it has no need of these makeshifts of indigence and that it will now be guided by intuitions rather than by concepts. (“On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense”)Monumental history will not find such complete truthfulness to its advantage: it will always approximate, generalize, and finally equate differences; it will always weaken the disparity of motives and occasions…at the expense of the cause. ...As long as the soul of
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