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 Eternal Child.  We think, short-sighted that we are, that fairy tales and games belong to childhood.  As if at any age we should care to live without fairy tales and games!  Our words and sentiments are indeed different, but the essential fact remains the same, as is proved by the child himself looking on games as his work and fairytales as his truth.  The shortness of life ought to preserve us from a pedantic distinction between the different ages — as if every age brought something new — and a poet ought one day to portray a man of two hundred, who really lives without fairy tales and games.  
 

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