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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Why does this thought come into my mind again and again always in ever more varied colours?  that in former times investigators in the course of their search for the origin of things always thought that they found something which would be of the highest importance for all kinds of action and judgment: indeed they invariably presupposed that the salvation of mankind depended upon insight into the origin of things—whereas now on the other hand the more insight we have of origins the our more interests diminish: in fact all the evaluations and interests which we have placed upon things begin to lose their meaning as we go back and approach the things themselves.  The origin becomes of less significance in proportion to the insight into it whilst things nearest to ourselves around and within us gradually begin to manifest their wealth of colours beauties enigmas and diversity of meaning of which earlier humanity never dreamed.  In former ages thinkers used to move furiously about like wild animals in cages steadily glaring at the bars which hemmed them in and at times springing up against them in a vain endeavour to break through them: and happy indeed was he who could look through a gap to the outer world and could fancy that he saw something of what lay beyond and afar off.  

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