Nietzsche on Praise

Human All Too Human 44

Because good things happen to us we want to be able to say that somebody did this to or for us. By showing gratitude to someone we are demonstrating our power to have judged, evaluated and passed sentence and now claim the right to be able to dispense honours. It is a subtle form of revenge. This is the reason that all powerful communities place gratitude among their foremost duties.

 
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