Quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche

It was modesty that invented the word "philosopher" in Greece and left the magnificent overweening presumption in calling oneself wise to the actors of the spirit—the modesty of such monsters of pride and sovereignty as Pythagoras, as Plato.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Gay Science, second edition, "Fifth Book: We Fearless Ones," aphorism 351 (1887).

The Greek word philosophos, which was invented by Pythagoras and emphasized by Plato, literally means "lover of wisdom."
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