Quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche

Those who show pity and are always ready to help during times of trouble are seldom the same ones who rejoice in our joy: when others are happy they have nothing to do, they become superfluous and lose their feeling of superiority, and so they easily show their displeasure.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 244, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man in Society," aphorism 321, "Those Who Show Pity," (1878).

Nietzsche plays on the semantical parallel between die mitleidigen Naturen ("those who show pity" or "those who suffer over our suffering") and die sich mitfreuenden Naturen ("those who rejoice in our joy").
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