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 Impatient.  It is just the growing man who does not want things in the growing stage.  He is too impatient for that.  The youth will not wait until, after long study, suffering, and privation, his picture of men and things is complete.  Accordingly, he confidently accepts another picture that lies ready to his hand and is recommended to him, and pins his faith to that, as if it must give him at once the lines and colours of his own painting.  He presses a philosopher or a poet to his bosom, and must from that time forth perform long stretches of forced labour and renounce his own self.  He learns much in the process, but he often forgets what is most worth learning and knowing — his self.  He remains all his life a partisan.  Ah, a vast amount of tedious work has to be done before you find your own colours, your own brush, your own canvas!  — Even then you are very far from being a master in the art of life, but at least you are the boss in your own workshop.  

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