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)