But my deepest and most secret love belongs to the fair-haired and the blue-eyed, the bright children of life, the happy, the charming and the ordinary.
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. originally published in Tristan. Sechs Novellen, Fischer (1903). Tonio Kröger, ch. 9, p. 192, trans. by David Luke, Bantam Classic (1988).
Tonio Kröger's decadent yearning for an Aryan ideal.)
This mother needs happy, reputable children, and that one needs unhappy ones: otherwise she cannot show her kindness as a mother.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 267, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 387, "Maternal Kindness," (1878).)