Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Excelsior!  "you will never more pray, never more worship, never more repose in infinite trust; you refuse to stand still before any ultimate wisdom, ultimate virtue, ultimate power while unharnessing your thoughts; you have no constant guardian and friend in your seven solitudes; you live without the vista of a mountain that has snow on its head and fire in its heart; there is no revenger for you, nor any amender with his finishing touch there is no longer any reason in what happens, or any love in that which will happen to you there is no longer any resting place for your weary heart, where it has only to find and no longer to seek; you are opposed to any kind of ultimate peace, you desire the eternal recurrence of war and peace: man of renunciation, will you renounce all these things?  Who will give you the strength to do so?  No one has yet had this strength!"  There is a lake that one day refused to flow away and threw up a dam at the place where it had before flowed out and since then this lake has always risen higher and higher. Perhaps the very act of renunciation provides us with the strength to bear it ; perhaps man will rise ever higher and higher when he no longer flows out into a God.  
 

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