Quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche

Probability but no truth, facility but no freedom—it is owing to these two fruits that the tree of knowledge cannot be confused with the tree of life.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 540, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Wanderer and His Shadow, aphorism 1, "On the Tree of Knowledge," (1880).

The German word Wahrscheinlichkeit (literally "resembling truth") means "probability" and so Nietzsche's coinage Freischeinlichkeit (literally "resembling freedom") is rendered as "facility" to maintain parallel construction, and the trees (der Baum der Erkenntniss and der Baum des Lebens) are an allusion to Genesis 2:9.
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