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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In cases where the observance of a moral precept has led to different consequence from that expected and promised and does not bestow upon the moral man the happiness he had hoped for but leads rather to misfortune and misery the conscientious and timid man has always his excuse ready: "Something was overlooked in the proper carrying out of the law" If the worst comes to the worst a deeply—suffering and down—trodden humanity will even decree: "It is impossible to carry out the precept faithfully: we are too weak and sinful and in the depths of our soul incapable of morality: consequently we have no claim to happiness and success.  Moral precepts and promises have been given for better beings than ourselves.  
 

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