[Ads-l] Quote: When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago. Nietzsche?

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 26 15:37:17 UTC 2019

A note about the quotation in the subject line was sent by me to this
mailing list back in April 2018. Unfortunately, no substantial advance
was made in the investigation.

Yesterday, I received another inquiry; hence, I decided to post an
article on the QI website based on current, admittedly incomplete,

When We Are Tired, We Are Attacked by Ideas We Conquered Long Ago

Feedback welcome,
Garson O'Toole

On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 2:06 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> The quotation in the subject line is attributed to Nietzsche, and I
> haven't made much progress determining its provenance. The statement
> appeared in a 1957 collection of quotations as shown below. Columnist
> Sydney J. Harris disseminated the saying in the 1960s. It is listed in
> "The Viking Book of Aphorisms" compiled by W.H. Auden and Louis
> Kronenberger.
> [ref] 1957, The Book of Unusual Quotations, Compiled by Rudolf Flesch,
> Topic: Idea, Quote Page 124, Harper & Brothers, New York. (Verified
> with scans)[/ref]
> [Begin excerpt]
> When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.
> Friedrich Nietzsche
> [End excerpt]
> An earlier citation would be helpful. A citation in German attributed
> to Nietzsche would be helpful. The opinion of a Nietzsche expert would
> be useful.
> I found a 2013 instance in German within a book by Kevin Lau, but it
> appears to be a back translation from English.
> Garson O'Toole
> QuoteInvestigator.com

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