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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How many are there who still voice the conclusion: "Life would be intolerable were there no God!  "Or as is said in idealistic circles: "Life would be intolerable if its ethical significance were lacking".  Hence there must be a God—or an ethical significance to existence!  The truth is that he who favours these ideas does not wish to live without them and therefore these concepts seem necessary to his preservation—but how presumptuous it is to assert that everything necessary for my preservation must exist in reality!  As if my preservation were really necessary!  What if others held the contrary opinion?  If they did not care to live under the conditions of these two articles of faith and did not regard life as worth living if they were realised!  And that is the present position of affairs.  
 

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