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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A Sort of Cult of the Passions.  You hypochondriacs, you philosophic blind worms talk of the formidable nature of human passions, in order to inveigh against the dreadsomeness of the whole world structure.  As if the passions were always and everywhere formidable 1 As if this sort of terror must always exist in the world!  — Through a carelessness in small matters, through a deficiency in observation of self and of the rising generation, you have yourselves allowed your passions to develop into such unruly monsters that you are frightened now at the mere mention of the word "passion"!  It rests with you and it rests with us to divest the passions of their formidable features and so to dam them that they do not become devastating floods.  We must not exalt our errors into eternal fatalities.  Rather shall we honestly endeavour to convert all the passions of humanity into sources of joy.  

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