Friedrich Nietzsche, Daybreak:  Reflections on Moral Prejudice. Morgenröte: Gedanken über die moralischen Vorurteile (also could be translated as The Dawn).

Written and published in 1881.

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Free—doers are at a disadvantage compared with freethinkers because people suffer more obviously from the consequences of deeds than from those of thoughts.  If one considers however that both the one and the other are in search of gratification and that in the case of the freethinker the mere thinking through and enunciation of forbidden things provides this gratification both are on an equal footing with regard to motive: and with regard to consequences the decision will even go against the freethinker provided one does not judge—as all the world does—by what is most immediately and crassly obvious.  One has to take back much of the defamation which people have cast upon all those who broke through the spell of a custom by means of a deed—in general they are called criminals.  Whoever has overthrown an existing law of custom has to date always first been accounted a bad man: but when as did happen the law could not afterwards be reinstated and this fact was accepted the predicate gradually changed;—history treats almost exclusively of these bad men who subsequently became good men!  
 

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