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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When it is Time to Vow Fidelity to Oneself.  We sometimes go astray in an intellectual direction which does not correspond to our talents.  For a time we struggle heroically against wind and tide, really against ourselves; but finally we become weary and we pant.  What we accomplish gives us no real pleasure, since we think that we have paid too heavy a price for these successes.  We even despair of our productivity, of our future, perhaps in the midst of victory.  Finally, finally we turn back — and then the wind swells our sails and bears us into our smooth water.  What bliss!  How certain of victory we feel!  Only now do we know what we are and what we intend, and now we vow fidelity to ourselves, and have a right to do so — as men that know.  
 

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