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 Envy of the Gods.  "The envy of the Gods "arises when a despised person sets himself on an equality with his superior (like Ajax), or is made equal with him by the favour of fortune (like Niobe, the too favoured mother).  In the social class system this envy demands that no one shall have merits above his station, that his prosperity shall be on a level with his position, and especially that his self consciousness shall not outgrow the limits of his rank.  Often the victorious general, or the pupil who achieves a masterpiece, has experienced "the envy of the gods”.  
 

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