Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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In Doing we Leave Undone.  In the main all those moral systems are distasteful to me which say: "Do not do this!  Renounce!  Overcome thyself!  "On the other hand I am favourable to those moral systems which stimulate me to do something, and to do it again from morning till evening, to dream of it at night, and think of nothing else but to do it well, as well as is possible for me alone!"  From him who so lives there fall off one after the other the things that do not pertain to such a life: without hatred or antipathy, he sees this take leave of him today, and that tomorrow, like the yellow leaves which every livelier breeze strips from the tree: or he does not see at all that they take leave of him, so firmly is his eye fixed upon his goal, and generally forward, not sideways, backward, or downwad.  "Our doing must determine what we leave undone; in that we do, we leave undone " so it pleases me, that is my principle.  But I do not mean to strive with open eyes for my impoverishment; I do not like any of the negative whose very essence is negation and self renunciation.  
 

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