No Comment, Quotation — January 16, 2008, 12:00 am

Nietzsche on the Danger of Battling Monsters


Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.

He who does battle with monsters needs to watch out lest he in the process become a monster himself. And if you stare too long into the abyss, the abyss will stare right back at you.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Jenseits von Gut und Böse, Nr. 146 (1886) in: Werke in drei Bänden, vol. 2, p. 636 (K. Schlechta ed. 1973)(S.H. transl.)

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