Plato is boring  

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Plato is boring is a dictum by Friedrich Nietzsche recorded in Twilight of the Idols:

"For heaven's sake, do not throw Plato at me. I am a complete skeptic about Plato. . . . Plato is boring. In the end, my mistrust of Plato goes deep: he represents such an aberration from all the basic instincts of the Hellene, is so moralistic, so pre-existently Christian--he already takes the concept 'good' for the highest concept--that for the whole phenomenon Plato I would sooner use the harsh phrase 'higher swindle,' or, if it sounds better, 'idealism,' than any other."
"Plato ist langweilig. – Zuletzt geht mein Mißtrauen bei Plato in die Tiefe: ich finde ihn so abgeirrt von allen Grundinstinkten der Hellenen, so vermoralisiert, so präexistent-christlich – er hat bereits den Begriff »gut« als obersten Begriff –, daß ich von dem ganzen Phänomen Plato eher das harte Wort »höherer Schwindel« oder, wenn man's lieber hört, Idealismus – als irgendein andres gebrauchen möchte. "

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