Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Motivation for Poverty.

We cannot, to be sure, by any artifice make a rich and richly flowing virtue out of a poor one, but we can gracefully enough reinterpret its poverty into necessity, so that its aspect no longer gives pain to us, and we cease making reproachful faces at fate on account of it.  It is thus that the wise gardener does who puts the tiny streamlet of his garden into the arms of a fountain nymph, and thus motivates the poverty: and who does not need nymphs!  

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