Friedrich Nietzsche, Miscellaneous Maxims and opinions (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche).

Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions, the first supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1879.  A second supplement, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten) followed in 1880.


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Opposite Means of Avoiding Bitterness.  One temperament finds it useful to be able to give vent to its disgust in words, being made sweeter by speech.  Another reaches its full bitterness only by speaking out: it is more advisable for it to have to gulp down something — the restraint that men of this stamp place upon themselves in the presence of enemies and superiors improves their character and prevents it from becoming too acrid and sour.  

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