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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LOVE AS AN ARTIFICE.  Whoever really wishes to become acquainted with something new (whether it be a person, an event, or a book), does well to take up the matter with all possible love, and to avert his eye quickly from all that seems hostile, objectionable, and false therein, in fact to forget such things; so that, for instance, he gives the author of a book the best start possible, and straightway, just as in a race, longs with beating heart that he may reach the goal.  In this manner one penetrates to the heart of the new thing, to its moving point, and this is called becoming acquainted with it.  This stage having been arrived at, the understanding afterwards makes its restrictions; the over estimation and the temporary suspension of the critical pendulum were only artifices to lure forth the soul of the matter.  

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