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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THINKING Too WELL AND Too ILL OF THE WORLD.  Whether we think too well or too ill of things, we always have the advantage of deriving from it a greater pleasure, for with a too good preconception we usually put more sweetness into things (experiences) than they actually contain.  A too bad preconception causes a pleasant disappointment; the pleasantness that lay in the things themselves is increased by the pleasantness of the surprise.  A gloomy temperament, however, will have the reverse experience in both cases.  
 

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