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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TOO CLOSE.  If we live in too close proximity to a person, it is as if we kept touching a good etching with our bare fingers; one day we have poor, dirty paper in our hands and nothing more.  A human being's soul is likewise worn down by continual touching; at least it finally appears that way to us--we never see its original design and beauty again.  One always loses by all-too-intimate association with women and friends; and sometimes one loses the pearl of his life in the process.  
 

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