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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How APPEARANCE BECOMES ACTUALITY.  The actor finally reaches such a point that even in the deepest sorrow he cannot cease from thinking about the impression made by his own person and the general scenic effect; for instance, even at the funeral of his child, he will weep over his own sorrow and its expression like one of his own audience.  The hypocrite, who always plays one and the same part, ceases at last to be a hypocrite; for instance, priests, who as young men are generally conscious or unconscious hypocrites, become at last natural, and are then really without any affectation, just priests; or if the father does not succeed so far, perhaps the son does, who makes use of his father's progress and inherits his habits.  If any one long and obstinately desires to appear something, he finds it difficult at last to be anything else.  The profession of almost every individual, even of the artist, begins with hypocrisy, with an imitating from without, with a copying of the effective.  He who always wears the mask of a friendly expression must eventually obtain a power over well meaning dispositions without which the expression of friendliness is not to be compelled, and finally, these, again, obtain a power over him, he is well meaning.  
 

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