“It is not strength, but the duration of great sentiments that makes great men.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
Beyond Good and Evil is kind of weird book of philosophy. Nietzsche rambles a lot, going off on random tangents about music or women that have nothing to do with the central point of the book.
But there's some real gems in there, like this one. When I first read it, I set my Kindle down and thought about it for a good 10 minutes at the cafe I was in.
The idea is, intense but short-lived thoughts don't get you very far. Intensity of purpose is good, but if it lasts for not long, you won't do very much with it. You'll see inventors, innovators, champions in any domain - they tend to put a lot of time and practice into their craft consistently. It's going for at least a light run when it's raining and you feel like hell. It's practicing a little.
All of us dream from time to time of great things. I think almost anyone could accomplish some amazing things. But most people let those dreams fade after a few minutes, shrug, and go back to their lives. It's keeping in your mind at least a little, consistently, that makes you great.
Hello Mr. Marshall!
I have been a reader of your blog for quite a while now, and I decided it's time to try to connect with you. I am very impressed by the quality of your blog posts and I enjoy reading them daily. And I am aware that you don't have much time for reading emails lately (which is good, people reach out to you and they should reach out. It is great that you offer yourself like this!), so I'll try to keep my first email brief.
I am starting to grow an interest in existentialism, religious and spiritual philosophy. Since I'm just starting this field I would like to start off with the right material, so I was wondering if you could recommend me some books or other material on these subjects?
Of course I completely understand if you don't have time for it, or if this email flies right into the trash folder - some things are not meant to be.
In any case, I wish you kind regards. S
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