Quotation by E.T.A.W. Hoffmann

Human beings ought not to draw in their antennae at every ungentle touch, like supersensitive insects.
E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776–1822), German author, composer. The Serapion Brethren. By Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, vol. II, sect. 5, p. 2, trans. by Alexander Ewing, George Bell and Sons (1892).

Ottmar to his fellow Serapion Brother Lothair, about not avoiding commitments of friendship and contact with one's fellow human beings out of melancholy over life's vicissitudes.
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