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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Final Teaching of History.  "Oh that I had but lived in those times" is the exclamation of foolish and frivolous men.  At every period of history that we seriously review, even if it be the most praised era of the past, we shall rather cry out at the end, "Anything but a return to that!  The spirit of that age would oppress you with the weight of a hundred atmospheres, the good and beautiful in it you would not enjoy, its evil you could not digest”.  Depend upon it, posterity will pass the same verdict on our own epoch, and say that it was unbearable, that life under such conditions was intolerable.  "And yet every one can endure his own times"?  Yes, because the spirit of his age not only lies upon him but is in him.  The spirit of the age offers resistance to itself and can bear itself.  
 

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