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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In former times people sought to show the feeling of man's greatness by pointing to his divine origin.  This however has now become a forbidden path for the ape stands at its entrance and likewise other fearsome animals grinning knowingly as if to say: no further this way!  Hence people now try the opposite direction: the road along which humanity is going shall stand as an indication of their greatness and their relationship to God.  Yet alas!  this too is useless!  At the far end of this path stands the funeral urn of the last man and gravedigger (with the inscription "Nihil humani a me alienum puto").  To whatever height mankind may have developed—and perhaps in the end it will not be so high as when they began!  there is as little prospect of their attaining to a higher order as there is for the ant and the earwig to enter into kinship with God and eternity at the end of their career on earth.  What is to come will drag behind it that which has had its day: why should any little star or even any little species on that star form an exception to that eternal drama?  Away with such sentimentalities!  

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