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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INDUSTRY IN THE SOUTH AND THE NORTH.  Industry arises in two entirely different ways.  The artisans of the South are not industrious because of acquisitiveness but because of the constant needs of others.  The smith is industrious because someone is always coming who wants a horse shod or a carriage mended.  If nobody came he would loiter about in the market place.  In a fruitful land he has little trouble in supporting himself, for that purpose he requires only a very small amount of work, certainly no industry; eventually he would beg and be contented.  The industry of English workmen, on the contrary, has acquisitiveness behind it; it is conscious of itself and its aims; with property it wants power, and with power the greatest possible liberty and individual distinction.  
 

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