But will there be many honest men prepared to admit that causing pain gives pleasure? That one not seldom entertains oneself – and entertains oneself well – by mortifying other people, at least in one’s own mind, and by firing off at them the grapeshot of petty malice? Most are too dishonest, and a few too good, to know anything of this pudendum; and they are welcome to deny if they like that Prosper Merimée is right when he says: ‘Sachez aussi qu’il n’y a rien de plus commun que de faire le mal pour le plaisir de le faire.’

– Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human (1878)

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