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Nietzsche – A different, more delicate taste

July 21, 2015

“Only with great pain, that long, slow pain in which we are burned with green wood, as it were – pain which takes its time – only this forces us philosophers to descend into our ultimate depths…. One emerges as a different person, with a few more question marks – above all with the will to question more persistently, more deeply, severely, harshly, evilly, and quietly than has ever been questioned on this earth before…. The love of life is still possible – only, one loves differently….

What is strangest is this: afterward one has a different taste – a second taste. Out of such abysses, also out of the abyss of great suspicion, one returns newborn, having shed one’s skin, more ticklish and sarcastic, with a more delicate taste for joy, with a more tender tongue or all good things, with gayer senses, with a second dangerous innocence in joy, more childlike and yet a hundred times more subtle than one has ever been before.”

(from the Epilog of Nietzsche contra Wagner [1895], translated by Walter Kaufmann)

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