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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EXECUTION.  How is it that every execution offends us more than does a murder?  It is the coldness of the judges, the painful preparations, the conviction that a human being is here being used as a warning to scare others.  For the guilt is not punished, even if it existed it lies with educators, parents, surroundings, in ourselves, not in the murderer I mean the determining circumstances.  
 

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