“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?