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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THE SUPER ANIMAL.  The beast in us wishes to be deceived; morality is a lie of necessity in order that we may not be torn in pieces by it.  Without the errors which lie in the assumption of morality, man would have remained an animal.  Thus, however, he has considered himself as something higher and has laid strict laws upon himself.  Therefore he hates the grades which have remained nearer to animalness, whereby the former scorn of the slave, as a not yet man, is to be explained as a fact.  
 

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