230 • The Restriction of Being

as something that does not count as profitable. But what is essential is not counting, but the right time, that is, the right moment and the right endurance.

For the mindful god
does detest
untimely growth.

—Hölderlin, fragment from the period of

“The Titans” (IV, 218)118

118. Heidegger cites Friedrich Hölderlin, Hölderlin: Sämtliche Werke, ed. Norbert v. Hellingrath et al. (Berlin: Propyläen-Verlag, 1923). See “But When the Heavenly … ,” in Hölderlin, Poems and Fragments, trans. Michael Hamburger, 3d ed. (London: Anvil Press, 1994), 571.

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