[ I sometimes appreciate ]Notes on poetics and ethics
I sometimes appreciate and deliberate difficult concepts, and causes, and effects, and I am overtaken by the thought that others are not in a position to think and perceive these like I do. This makes me uncomfortable, because this thought immediately crosses my mind: How unjust for me, such a genius, to be neither renowned nor recompensed. And then the thought that I may be deceiving myself, and that there are many others who think so grandly and correctly, comforts me. Self-Interest, and the Desire for Reward, are such potent things! I am more comforted by the thought that I am equal to many, rather than by being superior and deprived of my reward.

3 January 1907

Translated by Manuel Savidis

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