It is human nature to take delight in exciting admiration. It is what prompts children to say “smart” things, and do absurd ones, and in other ways “show off” when company is present. It is what makes gossips turn out in rain and storm to go and be the first to tell a startling bit of news.
There is an innocence of admiration: it is possessed by him to whom it has not yet occurred that he himself may he admired some day.[Es giebt eine Unschuld der Bewunderung: Der hat sie, dem es noch nicht in den Sinn gekommen ist, auch er könne einmal bewundert werden.]