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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A MEANS OF DEFENCE.  In warring against stupidity, the most just and gentle of men at last become brutal.  They are thereby, perhaps, taking the proper course for defence; for the most appropriate argument for a stupid brain is the clenched fist.  But because, as has been said, their character is just and gentle, they suffer more by this means of protection than they injure their opponents by it.  
 

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