Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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The Danger of the Happiest Ones.  To have fine senses and a fine taste; to be accustomed to the select and the intellectually best as our proper and readiest fare; to be blessed with a strong, bold, and daring soul; to go through life with a quiet eye and a firm step, ever ready for the worst as for a festival, and full of longing for undiscovered worlds and seas, men and Gods; to listen to all joyous music, as if there perhaps brave men, soldiers and seafarers, took a brief repose and enjoyment, and in the profoundest pleasure of the moment were overcome with tears and the whole purple melancholy of happiness: who would not like all this to be his possession, his condition!  It was the happiness of Homer, The condition of him who invented the Gods for the Greeks, nay, who invented his Gods for himself!  But let us not conceal the fact that with this happiness of Homer in one's soul, one is more liable to suffering than any other creature under the sun!  And only at this price do we purchase the most precious pearl that the waves of existence have hitherto washed ashore!  As its possessor one always becomes more sensitive to pain, and at last too sensitive: a little displeasure and loathing sufficed in the end to make Homer disgusted with life.  He was unable to solve a foolish little riddle which some young fishers proposed to him!  Yes, the little riddles are the dangers that threaten the happiest ones!  
 

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