The more I study these men's writings, I told Gambetti, the more helpless I become. It's only in moments of megalomania that I can claim to have understood them, just as it's only at such moments that I can claim to have understood myself, though to this day I have never been able to understand myself. The more I study myself, the farther I get from the truth about myself, the more obscure everything about me becomes, I told Gambetti, and it's the same with these philosophers. When I think I've understood them I've actually understood nothing. But now and then, in moments of megalomania, I venture to say that I've understood something about these philosophers and their writings.

Bernhard - Extinction