Nietzsche on Humiliation

Human All Too Human 373

There is nothing for which men demand higher payment than humiliation. The presumptuous person can make his actual merits, which may be great, seem so suspect and small in the eyes of others that they are trampled in the dust. We can permit ourselves to do so only where we can be quite sure we will not be misunderstood and regarded as presumptuous eg in the presence of friends- for in traffic with men there is no greater folly than to acquire a reputation for presumptuousness- it is worse than having failed to learn how to tell polite lies.

 
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