Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Out of the Seventh Solitude.  One day the wanderer shut a door behind him, stood still, and wept.  Then he said: "Oh, this inclination and impulse towards the true, the real, the non apparent, the certain!  How I detest it!  Why does this gloomy and passionate taskmaster follow just me?  I should like to rest, but it does not permit me to do so.  Are there not a host of things seducing me to tarry!  Everywhere there are gardens of Armida for me, and therefore there will ever be fresh separations and fresh bitterness of heart!  I must set my foot forward, my weary wounded foot: and because I feel I must do this, I often cast grim glances back at the most beautiful things which could not detain me because they could not detain me!"  

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