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 the conscientious and not the unscrupulous who have suffered so greatly from exhortations to penitence and the fear of hell especially if they happened to be men of imagination.  In other words a gloom has been cast over the lives of those who had the greatest need of cheerfulness and agreeable images—not only for the sake of their own consolation and relief from themselves but that humanity itself might take delight in them and absorb some part of their beauty.  Alas how much superfluous cruelty and torment have been brought about by those religions which invented sin!  And by those men who by means of such religions desired to reach the highest enjoyment of their power!  

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