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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The institution of marriage stubbornly upholds the belief that love although a passion is nevertheless capable of endurance indeed that lasting lifelong love may be taken as a general rule.  By means of the tenacity of a noble belief in spite of such frequent and almost customary refutations—thereby becoming a pia fraus—marriage has elevated love to a higher rank.  Every institution which has conceded to a passion the belief in the duration of the latter and responsibility for this duration in spite of the nature of the passion itself has raised the passion to a higher level: and he who is thenceforth seized with such a passion does not as formerly think himself lowered in the estimation of others or brought into danger on that account but on the contrary believes himself to be raised both in the opinion of himself and of his equals.  Let us recall institutions and customs which out of the fiery devotion of a moment have created eternal fidelity; out of the pleasure of anger eternal vengeance; out of despair eternal mourning; out of a single hasty word eternal obligation.  A great deal of hypocrisy and falsehood came into the world as the result of such transformations; but each time too at the cost of such disadvantages a new and suprahuman concept which elevates mankind.  
 

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