Most Interesting Thing I’ve Read Today . . .

. . . though the day is not even half over:

Nietzsche on Thucydides vs. Plato (found by chance on Wikipedia of all places when searching for something on the Google):

“My recreation, my predilection, my cure, after all Platonism, has always been Thucydides. Thucydides and perhaps Machiavelli’s principe are most closely related to me owing to the absolute determination which they show of refusing to deceive themselves and of seeing reason in reality— not in “rationality,” and still less in “morality.” There is no more radical cure than Thucydides for the lamentably rose-coloured idealisation of the Greeks… His writings must be carefully studied line by line, and his unuttered thoughts must be read as distinctly as what he actually says. There are few thinkers so rich in unuttered thoughts… Thucydides is the great summing up, the final manifestation of that strong, severe positivism which lay in the instincts of the ancient Hellene. After all, it is courage in the face of reality that distinguishes such natures as Thucydides from Plato: Plato is a coward in the face of reality– consequently he takes refuge in the ideal: Thucydides is a master of himself– consequently he is able to master life.” (A Nietzsche Compendium, Twilight of the Idols, trans. Anthony M. Ludovici)

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