Quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche

"Play," the useless, as the ideal of one who is overloaded with strength, as "childlike." The "childlikeness" of god, pais paizon.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 12, p. 129, selection 2[130], eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Fall 1885Fall 1886.

The Greek expression pais paizon means "a child playing" and is an allusion to Heraclitus (Diels fragment 52): "Time is a child playing a game of draughts; the kingship is in the hands of a child" (Freeman translation).
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