Convictions are prisons.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: German


Convictions are prisons. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Be careful when you cast out your demons that you don't throw away the best of yourself.