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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OF THE RELIEVING OF LIFE.  A primary way of lightening life is the idealisation of all its occurrences; and with the help of painting we should make it quite clear to ourselves what idealising means.  The painter requires that the spectator should not observe too closely or too sharply, he forces him back to a certain distance from whence to make his observations; he is obliged to take for granted a fixed distance of the spectator from the picture, he must even suppose an equally certain amount of sharpness of eye in his spectator; in such things he must on no account waver.  Everyone, therefore, who desires to idealise his life must not look at it too closely, and must always keep his gaze at a certain distance.  This was a trick that Goethe, for instance, understood.  

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