Quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche

That life is really so tragic would least of all explain the origin of an art form—assuming that art is not merely imitation of the reality of nature but rather a metaphysical supplement of the reality of nature, placed beside it for its overcoming.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 1, p. 151, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Basic Writings of Nietzsche, p. 140, trans. by Walter Kaufmann and ed., New York, Modern Library (1968). The Birth of Tragedy, section 24 (1872).
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