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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NECESSITY IN A WORK OF ART.  Those who talk so much about necessity in a work of art, exaggerate, if they are artists, in majorem artis gloriam, or, if they are laymen, out of ignorance.  The forms of a work of art, which express its ideas and are thus its way of speaking, always have something inessential, like every sort of language.  The sculptor can add many little details or leave them out; so can the representative artist, be he an actor, or a musical virtuoso or conductor.  Today these many small details and refinements please him, tomorrow they do not; they are more for the sake of the artist than of the art, for with the rigorous self-discipline demanded of him in portraying the main idea, he, too, occasionally needs sweets and toys in order not to grow surly.  

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