Quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche

Whoever aims publicly at great things and at length perceives secretly that he is too weak to achieve them, has usually also insufficient strength to renounce his aims publicly, and then inevitably becomes a hypocrite.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 328, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Human, All-Too-Human, part I, trans. by Helen Zimmern, in The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, vol. 6, p. 366, ed. Oscar Levy, New York, Russell and Russell (1964). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 540, "Too Great Aims," (1878).
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