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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Too LOUD A TONE IN GRIEVANCES.  Through the fact that an account of a bad state of things (for instance, the crimes of an administration, bribery and arbitrary favour in political or learned bodies) is greatly exaggerated, it fails in its effect on intelligent people, but has all the greater effect on the unintelligent (who would have remained indifferent to an accurate and moderate account).  But as these latter are considerably in the majority, and harbour in themselves stronger will power and more impatient desire for action, the exaggeration becomes the cause of investigations, punishments, promises, and reorganisations.  In so far it is useful to exaggerate the accounts of bad states of things.  
 

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