The Life of Nietzsche - Vol. 2

The Life of Nietzsche - Vol. 2

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The Life of Nietzsche - Vol. 2

The Life of Nietzsche - Vol. 2

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The writing of this book, especially of the last chapters, in all their heart-breaking sadness, has been for me a most difficult task. The very title, however, compelled me to explain how it came about that in later years my brother led such a lonely life. At heart every man of genius is and remains lonely, but Nietzsche, of all men, had no need of loneliness in his relations with the world. He was always regarded as a most lovable personality, and in his youth he was surrounded by a large circle of friends, who idolised him even if they did not understand him. In order to make this plain, I have been forced to tell of much painful and unpleasant treatment suffered by my brother. I would rather have passed this over, but after all I, more than anyone, am in duty bound to repel attacks, to remove errors, and to portray the facts and experiences of my brother's life with the most scrupulous accuracy; for no one stood so near to my brother as I did. Many details of his career and individual traits will here be described for the first time. The attentive reader will remember how great a value Nietzsche set upon the recital of individual experiences, and even of traits that appeared trivial. Such things, he was convinced, gave the world a better idea of a philosopher than the subtlest expositions of his teachings.

The reason why my narrative was so detailed was that I saw how people had often formed an entirely false impression of Nietzsche. There is no doubt that such false impressions were often the result of malice afore-

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