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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Sympathy with Youth.  We are sorry when we hear that someone who is still young is losing his teeth or growing blind.  If we knew all the irrevocable and hopeless feelings hidden in his whole being, how great our sorrow would be!  Why ,do we really suffer on this account?  Because youth has to continue the work we have undertaken, and every flaw and failing in its strength is likely to injure our work, that will fall into its hands.  It is the sorrow at the imperfect guarantee of our immortality: or, if we only feel ourselves as executors of the human mission, it is the sorrow that this mission must pass to weaker hands than ours.  

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