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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MODERN UNREST.  Modern restlessness increases towards the west, so that Americans look upon the inhabitants of Europe as altogether peace loving and enjoying beings, whilst in reality they swarm about like wasps and bees.  This restlessness is so great that the higher culture cannot mature its fruits, it is as if the seasons followed each other too quickly.  For lack of rest our civilisation is turning into a new barbarism?  At no period have the active, that is, the restless, been of more importance.  One of the necessary corrections, therefore, which must be undertaken in the character of humanity is to strengthen the contemplative element on a large scale.  But every individual who is quiet and steady in heart and head already has the right to believe that he possesses not only a good temperament, but also a generally useful virtue, and even fulfils a higher mission by the preservation of this virtue.  
 

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