November 25, 2012
"The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole."

Friedrich Nietzsche on the trap of cutting an author’s ideas for salvaging and using them to one’s own advantage, in Human, All Too Human, the philosopher’s first ever published book, dominant in his subsequent work, and reflecting Nietzsche’s admiration of free thinker Voltaire, whom he unhesitatingly dedicated the book to.

Be kind to writers’ ideas – when interpreting, stay sensitive to the context.

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