“I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike—and I don’t think there really is a distinction between the two—are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats.”—Harold Bloom (via libraryland)
Is pessimism necessarily a sign of decline, decay, degeneration, weary and weak instincts? Is there a pessimism of strength? An intellectual predilection for the hard, gruesome, evil, problematic aspect of existence, prompted by well-being; by overflowing health, by the fullness of existence?
Attempt at a Self-Criticism - Friedrich Nietzsche
(Preface to The Birth of Tragedy (1872) added in 1886, for the publication of a new edition)