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Not every end is the goal. The end of a melody is not its goal; and yet: if a melody has not reached its end, it has not reached its goal. A parable.

— Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow, paragraph 204  <link>

When someone is seeking, it happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal. You, O worthy one are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose.

— Siddhartha to Govinda (Hermann Hesse), Siddhartha  <link>

The Call of Meaning

What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.

— Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning  <link>