Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Prophetic Men.  you cannot divine how sorely prophetic men suffer: you think only that a fine "gift" has been given to them, and would fain have it yourselves, but I will express my meaning by a simile.  How much may not the animals suffer from the electricity of the atmosphere and the clouds!  Some of them, as we see, have a prophetic faculty with regard to the weather, for example (apes as one can observe very well even in Europe, and not only in menageries, but at Gibraltar).  But it never occurs to us that it is their sufferings that are their prophets!  When strong positive electricity, under the influence of an approaching cloud not at all visible, is suddenly converted into negative electricity, and an alteration of the weather is imminent, these animals then behave as if an enemy were approaching them, and prepare for defence, or flight: they generally hide themselves, they do not think of the bad weather as weather, but as an enemy whose hand they already feel.  
 

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