Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.


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"Cheerful" Music.  If for a long time we have heard no music, it then goes like a heavy southern wine all too quickly into the blood and leaves behind it a soul dazed with narcotics, half awake, longing for sleep.  This is particularly the case with cheerful music, which inspires in us bitterness and pain, satiety and home sickness together, and forces us to sip again and again as at a sweetened draught of poison.  The hall of gay, noisy merriment then seems to grow narrow, the light to lose its brightness and become browner.  At last we feel as if this music were penetrating to a prison where a poor wretch cannot sleep for home sickness.  

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