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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It is clear that moral feelings are transmitted in such a way that children perceive in adults predilections and aversions for certain actions and then like born apes imitate such likes and dislikes.  Later on in life when they are thoroughly permeated by these acquired and well—practised feelings they think it a matter of propriety and decorum to provide a kind of justification for these predilections and aversions.  These "justifications" however are in no way connected with the origin or the degree of the feeling: people simply accommodate themselves to the rule that as rational beings they must give reasons for their pros and cons reasons which must be assignable and acceptable into the bargain.  Up to this extent the history of the moral feelings is entirely different from the history of moral concepts.  The former are powerful before the action and the latter especially after it in view of the necessity for making one's self clear in regard to them.  

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