Georg Morris Cohen Brandes Quotes

It appears to [Nietzsche] that the modern age has produced for imitation three types of man First, Rousseaus man, the Titan who raises himself and in his need calls upon holy nature. Then Goethes man a spectator of the world [Third] Schopenhauer’s man voluntarily takes upon himself the pain of telling the truth.

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

The educator shall help the young to educate themselves in opposition to the age.

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

The great man is not the child of his age but its step-child.

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

The society of the Culture-Philistines makes life a burden to exceptional men.

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

Nietzsche says that as soon as he had read a single page of Schopenhauer, he knew he would read every page of him and pay heed to every word, even to the errors he might find. Every intellectual aspirant will be able to name men whom he has read in this way.

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

What is public opinion? It is private indolence.

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

Nietzsche asks how it has come about that so prodigious a contradiction can exist as that between the lack of true culture and the self-satisfied belief in actually possessing the only true one and he finds the answer in the circumstance that a class of men has come to the front which no former century has known, and to which (in 1873) he gave the name of Culture-Philistines.

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

He maintains that culture shows itself above all else in a unity of artistic style running through every expression of a nation's life. On the other hand, the fact of having learnt much and knowing much is, as he points out, neither a necessary means to culture nor a sign of culture; it accords remarkably well with barbarism, that is to say, with want of style or a motley hotchpotch of styles.

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

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