Beauty is Nothing

At the beginning of the Duino Elegies, Rilke writes: ‘For Beauty is nothing / but the beginning of terror, which we are still just able to endure, / and we are so awed by it because it serenely disdains to annihilate us’ (trans. by Stephen Mitchell, slightly modified).

Tanner, Michael. Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (p. 19). OUP Oxford. Kindle Edition.

This book has helped me understand Nietzsche – someone very hard to understand. It also states:

It seems most likely that he contracted syphilis from a prostitute sometime in the late 1870s when he was in Italy, which led to his eventual insanity and paralysis.



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