Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Pessimists as Victims.

When a profound dislike of existence gets the upper hand, the after-effect of a great error in diet of which a people has been long guilty comes to light.  The spread of Buddhism (not its origin) is thus to a considerable extent dependent on the excessive and almost exclusive rice-fare of the Indians, and on the universal enervation that results from it.  Perhaps the modern, European discontentedness is to be looked upon as caused by the fact that the world of our forefathers, the whole Middle Ages, was given to drink, owing to the influence of German tastes in Europe: the Middle Ages, that means the alcoholic poisoning of Europe.  The German dislike of life (including the influence of the cellar air and stove poison in German dwellings), is essentially a cold weather complaint.  
 

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