Friedrich Nietzsche, Miscellaneous Maxims and opinions (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche).

Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions, the first supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1879.  A second supplement, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten) followed in 1880.

  

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Continued Existence of Art.  Why, really, does a creative art nowadays continue to exist?  Because the majority who have hours of leisure (and such an art is for them only) think that they cannot fill Up their time without music, theatres and picture galleries, novels and poetry.  Granted that one could keep them from this indulgence, either they would strive less eagerly for leisure, and the invidious sight of the rich would be less common (a great gain for the stability of society), or they would have leisure, but would learn to reflect on what can be learnt and unlearnt: on their work, for instance, their associations, the pleasure they could bestow.  All the world, with the exception of the artist, would in both cases reap the advantage.  Certainly, there are many vigorous, sensible readers who could take objection to this.  Still, it must be said on behalf of the coarse and malignant that the author himself is concerned with this protest, and that there is in his book much to be read that is not actually written down therein.  
 

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