Friedrich Nietzsche, Human All Too Human (Menschliches, Allzumenschliches), subtitled A Book for Free Spirits (Ein Buch für freie Geister).

First published in 1878.   A second part, Assorted Opinions and Maxims (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche), was published in 1879, and a third part, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten), followed in 1880.

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SUFFERING FROM PAST CULTURE.  Whoever has solved the problem of culture suffers from a feeling similar to that of one who has inherited unjustly gotten riches, or of a prince who reigns thanks to the violence of his ancestors.  He thinks of their origin with grief and is often ashamed, often irritable.  The whole sum of strength, joy, vigour, which he devotes to his possessions, is often balanced by a deep weariness, he cannot forget their origin.  He looks despondingly at the future; he knows well that his successors will suffer from the past as he does.  
 

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