Nietzsche: Words are Problems rather than Knowledge

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Words lie in our way!Wherever primitive mankind setup a word, they believed they had made a discovery. How different the truth is! – they had touched on a problem, and by supposing they had solved it they had created a hindrance to its solution. – Now with every piece of knowledge one has to stumble over dead, petrified words, and one will sooner break a leg than a word.1


  1. Friedrich Nietzsche. Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy) (p. 32). Kindle Edition.

5 thoughts on “Nietzsche: Words are Problems rather than Knowledge

  1. “Truly speaking, it is not instruction, but provocation, that I can receive from another soul. What he announces, I must find true in me, or wholly reject; and on his word, or as his second, be he who he may, I can accept nothing. On the contrary, the absence of this primary faith is the presence of degradation. As is the flood so is the ebb. Let this faith depart, and the very words it spake, and the things it made, become false and hurtful. Then falls the church, the state, art, letters, life.”
    http://www.emersoncentral.com/divaddr.htm

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    • Nietzsche read German translations of Emerson’s essays, copied passages from “History” and “Self-Reliance” in his journals, and wrote of the Essays: that he had never “felt so much at home in a book.” Emerson’s ideas about “strong, overflowing” heroes, friendship as a battle, education, and relinquishing control in order to gain it, can be traced in Nietzsche’s writings.

      Yes, Nietzsche loved Emerson… too bad they never met in the flesh: they’d of recognized each other are fellow laborers and comrades.

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    • Yea, I understand. Been a long while since I read it. Read Nietzsche a great deal back in my early twenties to the point wore out my old Walter Kaufman translations. Recently noticed all of his works coming out in e-Book so have been slowly rereading these new Cambridge editions.

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