Quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche

How much disgruntled heaviness, lameness, dampness, dressing gown—how much beer there is in the German intelligence! How is it at all possible that young men who dedicate their lives to the most spiritual goals do not feel the first instinct of spirituality, the spirit's instinct of self-preservation—and drink beer?... The alcoholism of the young scholars is perhaps no question mark concerning their scholarliness—without spirit one can still be a great scholar—but in every other respect it remains a problem.—Where would one not find the gentle degeneration which beer produces in the spirit?
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 104, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); The Portable Nietzsche, p. 507, trans. and ed. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Viking Penguin (1954). Twilight of the Idols, "What the Germans Lack," section 2 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).
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