OP quotes is from the Preface of:
Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche, written 1886.
"... importunity with which they have usually paid their addresses/courted the favor of Truth, have been unskilled and unseemly methods for winning a woman?"
From the following additional examples of use:
made romantic intentions known (whether to a male/female/parents of a female)
to court the favor of
A Desk-book of Idioms and Idiomatic Phrases in English Speech and Literature
By Frank H. Vizetelly, Leander Jan De Bekker - 1923
addresses, to pay one’s. To court the favor of; especially, to make suit to court, or woo; as, to pay one’s addresses to a lady.
- Primped - to try to make yourself more attractive by making small changes to your clothes, hair, etc., especially while looking at yourself in a mirror.
The Works of Garcilasso de la Vega, Surnamed the Prince of ...books.google.com › books
García LASSO DE LA VEGA (the Poet.), Jeremiah Holmes WIFFEN - 1823 - Spanish poetry
IT happened that a gentleman of Burgos courted a lady to whom Fernando of Alva also paid his addresses. It was in the year 1524, when harquebusses were ...
Notes and Queries: A Medium of Inter-Communication for Literary ..., Volume 25
“No one, I think, an read the trial of Spencer Cowper without being convinced that hew was entirely innocent of the crime; and so far from its being true, as stated in the extract given by W. D. (p. 91) from Wilkins’s Political Ballads, that Cowper “paid his addresses” to Sarah Stout, the woman alleged to have been murdered, it was proved in evidence that she paid her addresses to him (a married man), and that he carefully avoided her pressing solicitations.”
Among Pagodas and Fair Ladies: An Account of a Tour Through Burma
By Gwendolen Trench Gascoigne - 1896
“… girls receive the tidings with charming flashes of their bright dancing brown eyes, and coquettish shrugs of their graceful little shoulders. The authorized courting, by which I mean the courting which takes place after the suitor has paid his addresses to the parents, and been approved by them, is carried on in a different and rather original manner.”
The Coquette. By the Author of “Miserrimus” [i.e. Frederic M. Reynolds].
"Her order was obeyed, and four very costly articles of furniture made their appearance. She then paid her addresses to her mirror; arranged her hair; smoothed her gown; tweedled her sleeves; examined her stockings, to see that they presented no rumples on the instep; remodeled the bows of her sandals; smiled complacently on her satin slippers; and, finally, gently and piquantly reclining on her sofa, languished over a volume of the New Heloise.”