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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It is the means of consolation which have stamped life with that fundamental melancholy character which we now believe it possesses: the worst disease of mankind has arisen from the struggle against diseases and apparent remedies have in the long run brought about worse conditions than those which it was intended to address.  Men in their ignorance used to believe that anaesthetics and intoxication which appeared to act immediately the so-called "consolations" were cures: they failed to observe that they had often to pay for their immediate relief by a general and profound deterioration in health that one had to suffer from the after effects of the intoxication then from the withdrawal of the intoxication and later on from a feeling of restlessness nervous complaints and ill-health.  Men whose illness had advanced to a certain extent never recovered from it—those physicians of the soul universally believed in and worshipped as they were made sure of that.  It has been justly said of Schopenhauer that he was one who after a period of neglect he again took the sufferings of humanity seriously: where is the man who will finally take the antidotes to these sufferings seriously and who will expose the unheard—of quackery with which men even in our own age and under the most exalted names have been wont to treat the sicknesses of their souls?  
 

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