Philosophers, who, after all -- like all 'desk people' -- are the servants and secretaries of humankind, look for that ideal world that may better deny (or explain, as they say) the unphilosophical reality. Since humanity fears Nothingness, they try to snatch Being . . . and since they [the philosophers] lack the sacred courage to be crazy, they blab about reason and rationality even between a woman's legs, . . . too coward to unleash the Beast, they stand for Virtue and praise Goodness; since their are not heroic and disinterested enough to act without reason, the show us everywhere our convenience, and take their own advantage meanwhile.
__Giovanni Papini, L'altra metà (1911), 2: The Other Half