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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The Antique World and Pleasure.  The man of the antique world understood better how to rejoice, we understand better how to grieve less.  They continually found new motives for feeling happy, for celebrating festivals, being inventive with all their wealth of shrewdness and reflection.  We, on the other hand, concentrate our intellect rather on the solving of problems which have in view painlessness and the removal of sources of discomfort.  With regard to suffering existence, the ancients sought to forget or in some way to convert the sensation into a pleasant one, thus trying to supply palliatives.  We attack the causes of suffering, and on the whole prefer to use prophylactics.  Perhaps we are only building upon a foundation whereon a later age will once more set up the temple of joy.  
 

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