This feeling [of intoxication] leads us to donate to things, to make them take from us, to force ourselves on them - this process is called idealizing. Let’s get rid of a prejudice at this point: idealizing does not consist in taking away or subtracting what is small and incidental. Instead, what is decisive is an immense drive to bring out the principal traits, so that the others disappear in the process.

Friedrich Nietzsche: Twilight of the Idols: Raids of an untimely Man (1889)

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