Quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche

And as for sickness: would we not almost be tempted to ask whether we can in any way do without it? Only great pain is, as the teacher of great suspicion, the ultimate liberator of the spirit.... It is only great pain, that slow protracted pain which takes its time and in which we are as it were burned with green wood, that compels us philosophers to descend into our ultimate depths and to put from us all trust, all that is good-hearted, palliated, gentle, average, wherein perhaps our humanity previously reposed. I doubt whether such pain "improves"Mbut I do know it deepens us.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. The Gay Science, "Preface," section 3 (revised edition, 1887).
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