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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New Actors.  Among human beings there is no greater banality than death. Second in order, because it is possible to die without being born, comes birth, and next comes marriage.  Second in order, because it is possible to die without being born, comes birth, and next comes marriage.  But these hackneyed little tragic-comedies are always presented, at each of their unnumbered and innumerable performances, by new actors, and accordingly do not cease to find interested spectators: whereas we might well believe that the whole audience of the world theatre had long since hanged themselves to every tree from sheer boredom at these performances.  So much depends on new actors, so little on the piece.  
 

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