Ecce Homo (book)  

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"I know not how to draw any distinction between tears and music." ("Ich weiß keinen Unterschied zwischen Tränen und Musik zu machen")

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is (Ecce Homo: Wie man wird, was man ist) is the title of the last original book written by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche before his final years of insanity that spanned until his death in 1900. It was written in 1888 and was not published until 1908.

According to one of Nietzsche's most prominent English translators, Walter Kaufmann, the book offers "Nietzsche's own interpretation of his development, his works, and his significance" (Kaufmann 1967: 201). The book contains several chapters with self-laudatory titles, such as "Why I Am So Wise", "Why I Am So Clever", "Why I Write Such Good Books", and "Why I Am a Destiny". In many ways, Ecce Homo is a quintessential reflection of Nietzsche's work as a philosopher, writer, and thinker.

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