Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 320, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 499, "Friend," (1878).
Wordplay between Nietzsche's coinage Mitfreude ("rejoicing in our joy") and Mitleiden ("suffering over our suffering" or, more conventionally, "pitying").)
Never had he felt the joy of the word more sweetly, never had he known so clearly that Eros dwells in language.
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. originally published in "Die Neue Rundschau" 23, Oct. and Nov. 1912. Death in Venice, ch. 4, p. 236, trans. by David Luke, Bantam Classic (1988).
Gustav Aschenbach's (the novella's main protagonist) rapture to write in view of his idol Tadzio.)