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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THE GOLDEN CRADLE.  The free spirit will always breathe a sigh of relief when he has finally decided to shake off the maternal care and protection administered by the women around him.  What is the harm in the colder draft of air that they had warded off so anxiously?  What does one real disadvantage, loss, accident, illness, debt, or folly more or less in his life matter, compared with the bondage of the golden cradle, the peacock-tail fan, and the oppressive feeling of having to be actually grateful because he is waited upon and spoiled like an infant?  That is why the milk offered him by the maternal disposition of the women around him can so easily turn to bile.  
 

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