The errors of great men are admirable because they are more fertile than the truths of the lesser ones. – Friedrich Nietzsche, Writings from Early Notebooks, October 1867-1868

What does a philosopher demand of himself first and last? To overcome his time in himself, to become “timeless.” With what must he therefore engage in the hardest combat? With whatever marks him as the child of his time. – Friedrich Nietzsche, The Case of Wagner, Preface

Though he [Yutaka Taniyama] was by no means a sloppy type, he was gifted with the special capability of making many mistakes, mostly in the right direction. I envied him for this, and tried in vain to imitate him, but found it quite difficult to make good mistakes. – Goro Shimura, Yutaka Taniyama and His Time – Very Personal Recollections

I am myself by inclination a seeker after truth. I feel a consuming thirst for knowledge and an eager restlessness to advance in it, as well as satisfaction in every acquisition. There was a time when I believed that this alone could constitute the honor of mankind, and I despised the rabble who know nothing. Rousseau set me right. This blind preference disappeared; I learned to respect men, and I would find myself far more useless than the common worker if I did not believe that this consideration could confer value to all others to establish the rights of mankind. – Immanuel Kant, Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime

The assassination attempt [on Hitler] must take place at whatever cost. Even if it does not succeed we must still act. For it is no longer a question of whether it has a practical purpose; what counts is the fact that in the eyes of the world and of history the German Resistance dared to act. Compared to this nothing else is important. – Henning von Tresckow