Human, All Too Human - WikipediaIt is often enough, and always with great surprise, intimated to me that there is something both ordinary and unusual in all my writings, from the "Birth of Tragedy" to the recently published "Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future": they all contain, I have been told, snares and nets for short sighted birds, and something that is almost a constant, subtle, incitement to an overturning of habitual opinions and of approved customs. Everything is merely—human—all too human? With this exclamation my writings are gone through, not without a certain dread and mistrust of ethic itself and not without a disposition to ask the exponent of evil things if those things be not simply misrepresented. My writings have been termed a school of distrust, still more of disdain: also, and more happily, of courage, audacity even. And in fact, I myself do not believe that anybody ever looked into the world with a distrust as deep as mine, seeming, as I do, not simply the timely advocate of the devil, but, to employ theological terms, an enemy and challenger of God; and whosoever has experienced any of the consequences of such deep distrust, anything of the chills  and the agonies of isolation to which such an unqualified difference of standpoint condemns him endowed with it, will also understand how often I must have sought relief and self-forgetfulness from any source—through any object of veneration or enmity, of scientific seriousness or wanton lightness; also why I, when I could not find what I was in need of, had to fashion it for myself, counterfeiting it or imagining it and what poet or writer has ever done anything else, and what other purpose can all the art in the world possibly have? That which I always stood most in need of in order to effect my cure and self-recovery was faith, faith enough not to be thus isolated, not to look at life from so singular a point of view—a magic apprehension in eye and mind of relationship and equality, a calm confidence in friendship, a blindness, free from suspicion and questioning, to two sidedness; a pleasure in externals, superficialities, the near, the accessible, in all things possessed of color, skin and seeming.
Human, All Too Human: A Book For Free Spirits, Part I - Friedrich Nietzsche - Modern - 2/6
Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits
The book is Nietzsche's first in the aphoristic style that would come to dominate his writings, discussing a variety of concepts in short paragraphs or sayings. Nietzsche later republished all three parts as a two-volume edition in , adding a preface to each volume, and removing the Descartes quote as well as the dedication to Voltaire. In Nietzsche broke with Wagner, and in the same year his increasingly bad health possibly the early effects of a brain tumor   compelled him to request a leave of absence from his academic duties at the University of Basel. Unlike his first book, The Birth of Tragedy , which was written in essay style, Human, All Too Human is a collection of aphorisms , a style which he would use in many of his subsequent works. The aphorisms of Human, All Too Human range from a few words to a few pages, but most are short paragraphs. The phrase itself appears in Aphorism 35 originally conceived as the first aphorism "when Nietzsche observes that maxims about human nature can help in overcoming life's hard moments.
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The son of a Lutheran pastor, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was born in in Roecken, Prussia, and studied classical philology at the Universities of Bonn and Leipzig. While at Leipzig he read the works of Schopenhauer, which greatly impressed him. He also became a disciple of the composer Richard Wagner. At the very early age of 25, Nietzsche was appointed professor at the University of Basel in Switzerland. While treating soldiers he contracted diphtheria and dysentery; he was never physically healthy afterward.