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Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Italian Nietzsche (23)

Among those who know, there is no choice except between pain and nothingness. Pain is the present, it is existence, it is the concreteness of details, of everyday life. Nothingness, either with God's sceptre or the features of Idea or the flowers of paradise (there also is a conceptual paradise for the benefit of philosophizing people) is the ideal, the future, the end.

__Giovanni Papini, L'altra metà (1911), 3: Nothingness