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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HAPPINESS AND CULTURE.  We are moved at the sight of our childhood's surroundings, the arbour, the church with its graves, the pond and the wood, all this we see again with pain.  We are seized with pity for ourselves; for what have we not passed through since then!  And everything here is so silent, so eternal, only we are so changed, so moved; we even find a few human beings, on whom Time has sharpened his teeth no more than on an oak tree, peasants, fishermen, woodmen they are unchanged.  Emotion and self pity at the sight of lower culture is the sign of higher culture; from which the conclusion may be drawn that happiness has certainly not been increased by it.  Whoever wishes to reap happiness and comfort in life should always avoid higher culture.  

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