Friedrich Nietzsche, Human All Too Human (Menschliches, Allzumenschliches), subtitled A Book for Free Spirits (Ein Buch für freie Geister).

First published in 1878.   A second part, Assorted Opinions and Maxims (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche), was published in 1879, and a third part, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten), followed in 1880.

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In many respects the ascetic seeks to make life easy for himself, usually by complete subordination to a strange will or a comprehensive law and ritual; something like the way a Brahmin leaves nothing whatever to his own decision but refers every moment to holy precepts.  This submission is a powerful means of attaining self mastery: man is occupied and is therefore not bored, and yet has no incitement to self will or passion; after a completed deed there is no feeling of responsibility and with it no tortures of remorse.  We have renounced our own will once and for ever, and this is easier than only renouncing it occasionally; as it is also easier to give up a desire entirely than to keep it within bounds.  When we remember the present relation of man to the State, we find that, even here, unconditional obedience is more convenient than conditional.  The saint, therefore, makes his life easier by absolute renunciation of his personality, and we are mistaken if in that phenomenon we admire the loftiest heroism of morality.  In any case it is more difficult to carry one's personality through without vacillation and unclearness than to liberate one's self from it in the above mentioned manner; moreover, it requires far more spirit and consideration.  

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