Human, all too human II
Mixed opinions and maxims
107 Three-quarter strength. -A work that is supposed to make an impression of health should be produced at no more than three-quarters of its creator’s strength. If, on the contrary, he has gone to his furthest limit, the work will stimulate the spectator so much that he will find its tension alarming. All good things have something negligent about them and lie like cows upon the meadow.