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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CRUEL PEOPLE AS THOSE WHO HAVE REMAINED BEHIND.  People who are cruel nowadays must be accounted for by us as the grades of earlier civilisations which have survived; here are exposed those deeper formations in the mountain of humanity which usually remain concealed.  They are backward people whose brains, through all manner of accidents in the course of inheritance, have not been developed in so delicate and manifold a way.  They show us what we all were and horrify us, but they themselves are as little responsible as is a block of granite for being granite.  There must, too, be grooves and twists in our brains which answer to that condition of mind, as in the form of certain human organs there are supposed to be traces of a fish state.  But these grooves and twists are no longer the bed through which the stream of our sensation flows.  
 

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