Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Looking Back.  We seldom become conscious of the real pathos of any period of life as such, as long as we continue in it, but always think it is the only possible and reasonable thing for us henceforth, and that it is altogether ethos and not pathos to speak and distinguish like the Greeks.  A few notes of music to day recalled a winter and a house, and a life of utter solitude to my mind, and at the same time the sentiments in which I then lived: I thought I should be able to live in such a state always.  But now I understand that it was entirely pathos and passion, something comparable to this painfully bold and truly comforting music, it is not one's lot to have these sensations for years, still less for eternities: otherwise one would become too "ethereal" for this planet.  
 

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