“The best way to begin each day well…” Nietzsche said that?!

“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.” I doubted that Nietzsche really said that, it sounds so cute and chirpy. But there it is in Human, all too human,  aphorism #580.

And then there’s #589, a real shocker.

First thought of the day.— The best way to begin each day well is: upon awakening, to think about whether we cannot bring pleasure to at least one person on this day. If this could count as a substitute for the religious habit of prayer, our fellow human beings would gain an advantage from the change.

I can say unequivocally, though, that #539 is just wrong (or at least wrong for our students to believe, here in the midst of final exam week):

 Youth is an unpleasant period; for then it is not possible or not prudent to be productive in any sense whatsoever.

My big challenge this week is to remember how to be a productive grader while also sick. Where is that other Nietzschean gem, again, about being made stronger by whatever doesn’t kill you?

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