Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.

  

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Main Reason for Corruption of Style.  The desire to display more sentiment than one really feels for a thing corrupts style, in language and in all art.  All great art shows rather the opposite tendency.  Like every man of moral significance, it loves to check emotion on its way and not let it run its course to the very end.  This modesty of letting emotion but half appear is most clearly to be observed, for example, in Sophocles.  The features of sentiment seem to become beautified when sentiment feigns to be more shy than it really is.  
 

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