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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The Folly of Committing Injustice.  The injustice we have inflicted ourselves is far harder to bear than the injustice inflicted upon us by others (not always from moral grounds, be it observed).  After all, the doer is always the sufferer — that is, if he be capable of feeling the sting of conscience or of perceiving that by his action he has armed society against himself and cut himself off.  For this reason we should beware still more of doing than of suffering injustice, for the sake of our own inward happiness so as not to lose our feeling of well being — quite apart from any consideration of the precepts of religion and morality.  For in suffering injustice we have the consolation of a good conscience, of hope and of revenge, together with the sympathy and applause of the just, nay of the whole of society, which is afraid of the evil-doer.  Not a few are skilled in the impure self-deception that enables them to transform every injustice of their own into an injustice inflicted upon them from without, and to reserve for their own acts the exceptional right to the plea of self-defence.  Their object, of course, is to make their own burden lighter.  
 

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