Thursday, September 6, 2012

Nietzsche on Obama?

1. "Our social order will slowly melt away, as all earlier orders have done when the suns of new ideas shone forth with new warmth over the people. One can desire this melting only in that one has hope; and one may reasonably have hope only if one credits his own heart and head, and that of his equals, with more strength than one credits to the representatives of the existing order. Usually, then, this hope will be arrogance, an overestimation."

— Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human (1878), #443

2. "[S]ome individuals . . . are driven through the waves of the most exciting turns of fate, of the most varied currents of their time or nation, and yet always stay lightly on the surface, like cork."

— Nietzsche, id., #627

3. "There are men so presumptuous that they can only praise a greatness which they publicly admire by representing it as steps and bridges that lead to themselves.

— Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human: The Wanderer and His Shadow (1880), #210