Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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A New Precaution.  Let us no longer think so much about punishing, blaming, and improving!  We shall seldom be able to alter an individual, and if we should succeed in doing so, something else may also succeed, perhaps unawares: we may have been altered by him!  Let us rather see to it that our own influence on all that is to come outweighs and overweighs his influence!  Let us not struggle in direct conflict!  All blaming, punishing, and desire to improve comes under this category.  But let us elevate ourselves all the higher!  Let us ever give to our pattern more shining colours!  Let our brilliance make them look dark.  No, we do not mean to become darker ourselves on their account, like those who punish and are discontented!  Let us rather go aside!  Let us look away!  
 

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