Wednesday, September 26, 2007


To Write for Oneself

Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human II, I, 167 (tr. R.J. Hollingdale):
Sibi scribere. — The sensible author writes for no other posterity than his own, that is to say for his old age, so that then too he will be able to take pleasure in himself.

Sibi scribere. — Der vernünftige Autor schreibt für keine andere Nachwelt als für seine eigene, das heisst für sein Alter, um auch dann noch an sich Freude haben zu können.
See also Joseph S. Salemi, The Illusory Audience and the Interior Audience: or Why Good Poets Write Only for Themselves.

Related post: Soliloquies.

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