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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DESIRE FOR SORE AFFLICTION.  When passion is over it leaves behind an obscure longing for it, and even in disappearing it casts a seductive glance at us.  It must have afforded a kind of pleasure to have been beaten with this scourge.  Compared with it, the more moderate sensations appear insipid; we still prefer, apparently, the more violent displeasure to languid delight.  

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