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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FOLLOWING THE GREEKS.  Knowledge today is greatly hindered by the fact that all words have become hazy and inflated through centuries of exaggerated feeling.  The higher stage of culture, which places itself under the rule of knowledge (though not under its tyranny), requires a much greater sobriety of feeling and a stronger concentration of words—in this the Greeks in the age of Demosthenes preceded us.  Extravagance characterizes all modern writings; even if they are written simply, the words in them are still felt too eccentrically.  Rigorous reflection, compression, coldness, plainness (even taken intentionally to the limits)—in short, restraint of feeling and taciturnity: that alone can help.  Such a cold way of writing and feeling, incidentally, is now very attractive by its contrast; and therein, of course, lies a new danger.  For bitter cold can be as good a stimulant as a high degree of heat.  
 

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