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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The Child's Kingdom of Heaven.  The happiness of a child is as much of a myth as the happiness of the Hyperboreans of whom the Greeks fabled.  The Greeks supposed that, if indeed happiness dwells anywhere on our earth, it must certainly dwell as far as possible from us, perhaps over yonder at the edge of the world.  Old people have the same thought — if man is at all capable of being happy, he must be happy as far as possible from our age, at the frontiers and beginnings of life.  For many a man the sight of children, through the veil of this myth, is the greatest happiness that he can feel.  He enters himself into the forecourt of heaven when he says, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, for of them is the kingdom of heaven”.  The myth of the child's kingdom of heaven holds good, in some way or other, wherever in the modern world some sentimentality exists.  
 

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