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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Knowledge of how to Surprise Oneself.  He who would see himself as he is, must know how to surprise himself, torch in hand.  For with the mind it is as with the body: whoever is accustomed to look at himself in the glass forgets is ugliness, and only recognises it again by means of the portrait painter.  Yet he even grows used to the picture and forgets his ugliness all over again.  Herein we see the universal law that man cannot endure unalterable ugliness, unless for a moment.  He forgets or denies it in all cases.  The moralists must reckon upon that "moment" for bringing forward their truths.  
 

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