Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power, Fragment 976

Why the philosopher rarely turns out well. His requirements include qualities that usually destroy a man:

  1. a tremendous multiplicity of qualities; he must be a brief abstract of man, of all man’s higher and lower desires: danger from antitheses, also from disgust at himself;
  2. he must be inquisitive in the most various directions: danger of going to pieces;
  3. he must be just and fair in the highest sense, but profound in love, hate (and injustice), too;
  4. he must be not only a spectator, but also a legislator: judge and judged (to the extent that he is a brief abstract of the world);
  5. extremely multifarious, yet firm and hard. Supple.
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