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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Among the ancients who became celebrated for their virtue there were many it would seem who acted to themselves especially the Greeks who being actors by nature must have acted quite unconsciously seeing no reason why they should not do so.  In addition everyone was striving to outdo someone else's virtue with his own so why should they not have made use of every artifice to show off their virtues especially among themselves if only for the sake of practice!  Of what use was a virtue which one could not display and which did not know how to display itself!  Christianity put an end to the career of these actors of virtue; instead it devised the disgusting ostentation and parading of sins: it brought into the world a state of mendacious sinfulness (even at the present day this is considered as good form among orthodox Christians).  

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