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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SYMPATHY STRONGER THAN SUFFERING.  There are cases when sympathy is stronger than actual suffering.  For instance, we are more pained when one of our friends is guilty of something shameful than when we do it ourselves.  For one thing, we have more faith in the purity of his character than he has himself; then our love for him, probably on account of this very faith, is stronger than his love for himself.  And even if his egoism suffers more thereby than our egoism, inasmuch as it has to bear more of the bad consequences of his fault, the un egoistic in us this word is not to be taken too seriously, but only as a modification of the expression is more deeply wounded by his guilt than is the un egoistic in him.  

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