I am still living, I am still thinking: I have to go on living because I have to go on thinking.

Today everyone is permitted to express his desire and dearest thoughts: so I too would like to say what I have desired of myself today and what thought was the first to cross my heart this year – what thought shall be the basis, guarantee and sweetness of all my future life!

I want to learn more and more to see what is necessary in things as the beautiful in them – thus I shall become one of those who make things beautiful (may that be my love from now on!)

I want to wage no war against the ugly. I do not want to accuse, I do not want even to accuse the accusers. May looking away be my only form of negation!

And, all in all: I want to be at all times hereafter only an affirmer!

– Friedrich Nietszche (1882)


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