Friedrich Nietzsche, Daybreak:  Reflections on Moral Prejudice. Morgenröte: Gedanken über die moralischen Vorurteile (also could be translated as The Dawn).

Written and published in 1881.

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If we let our own sky be clouded by the moans and suffering of other souls - who must bear the consequences of our gloom?  No doubt those other souls - in addition to all their other burdens!  If we are merely to be the echoes of their complaints we cannot provide them with either help or comfort; nor can we do so if we were continually keeping our ears open to listen to them—unless we have learnt the art of the Olympians who instead of trying to make themselves unhappy endeavoured to feel comforted by the misfortunes of mankind.  Yet this is something too Olympian for us although in our enjoyment of tragedy we have already taken a step towards this ideal divine cannibalism.  

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