Friedrich Nietzsche, Human All Too Human (Menschliches, Allzumenschliches), subtitled A Book for Free Spirits (Ein Buch für freie Geister).

First published in 1878.   A second part, Assorted Opinions and Maxims (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche), was published in 1879, and a third part, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten), followed in 1880.

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THE BLIND DISCIPLES.  So long as one knows well the strength and weakness of one's doctrine, one's art, one's religion, its power is $till small.  The disciple and apostle who has no eyes for the weaknesses of the doctrine, the religion, and so forth, dazzled by the aspect of the master and by his reverence for him, has on that account usually more power than the master himself.  Without blind disciples the influence of a man and his work has never yet become great.  To help a doctrine to victory often means only so to mix it with stupidity that the weight of the latter carries off also the victory for the former.  

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