Friedrich Nietzsche, Daybreak:  Reflections on Moral Prejudice. Morgenröte: Gedanken über die moralischen Vorurteile (also could be translated as The Dawn).

Written and published in 1881.

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Men have on the whole spoken of love with so much longing and adoration because they have to date always had so little of it and have never yet entirely satisfied this hunger: in this way it became their ambrosia.  If a poet wished to show universal love in a Utopian world he would certainly have to describe an agonising and ridiculous state of things the like of which was never seen on earth—everyone would be worshipped, encumbered and sighed over not by one lover but by thousands - by everybody; indeed, as the result of an irresistible craving which would then be as vehemently insulted and cursed as selfishness has been by men of past ages.  The poets of this new world - if they had time to write - would be dreaming of nothing but the blissful and loveless past, the divine selfishness of the days of old and the wonderful possibilities in former times of being alone and of even being hated and despised—or any other unpleasant facet of the beautiful animal world in which we live.  
 

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