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I started reading the most famous work of Nietzsche's, and then on the first chapter after the prologue, thus spoke Zarathustra:

Or is it this: wading into dirty water when it is the water of truth, and not shrinking away from cold frogs and hot toads?

What does this mean?

  • Most people live under some form of delusion or other. They do this because reality is unpleasant. It's relatively easy to be happy and deluded. Not so easy to deliberately try and rid oneself of delusion, and be happy. Start by swallowing the biggest toad.. what happens when you die? etc. – Richard Feb 11 at 10:15
  • Thank you, but one more thing! ¿What's the difference between the cold frogs and hot toads, if what matters is the fact that you are trying to escape delusion by swallowing them? eAren't the two animals refring to a same end on itself? – Andrej Hatzi Feb 11 at 10:22
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    Well.. i don't know for sure.. but i always assumed he was referencing someone else (Chamfort?) who said that, if you must swallow a toad, do it in the morning, the rest of your day will be better. – Richard Feb 11 at 10:36
  • Hot and Cold, Good and Evil, It has to have a meaning, and I don't know it either, but anyway thank you for thy answers and for showing me Chamfort because I've never had heard of him! – Andrej Hatzi Feb 11 at 10:46
  • I guessed at chamfort after a quick google. But i think the proverb about toads is.more ancient. – Richard Feb 11 at 10:48
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It's a metaphor for The Boiling Frog Fable!

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