Quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche

"German spirit": for the past eighteen years a contradictio in adjecto.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 62, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Twilight of the Idols, "Maxims and Arrows," section 23 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).

The Latin expression refers to a contradiction in terms between a noun and its adjective, and "the past eighteen years" refers to the period since Prussia established the German Empire in 1871.
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