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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Wherever the doctrine of pure spirituality has prevailed its excesses have resulted in the destruction of the nerves: it taught that the body should be despised neglected or tormented and that on account of his impulses man himself should be tortured and regarded with contempt.  It gave rise to gloomy strained and downcast souls—who moreover thought they knew the reason of their misery and how it might possibly be relieved!  "It must be in the body!  For it still thrives too well!  "— such was their conclusion whilst the fact was that the body through its agonies protested time after time against the never—ending mockery that it was enduring.  Finally a universal and chronic hyper—nervousness seized upon those virtuous representatives of the pure spirit: they learned to recognise joy only in the shape of ecstasies and other precursors of insanity—and their system reached its climax when it came to look upon ecstasy as the highest aim of life and as the standard by which all earthly things must be condemned.  

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