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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MISUNDERSTANDING OF DREAMS.  In the ages of a rude and primitive civilisation man believed that in dreams he became acquainted with a second actual world, herein lies the origin of all metaphysics.  Without dreams there could have been found no reason for a division of the world.  The distinction, too, between soul and body is connected with the most ancient comprehension of dreams, also the supposition of an imaginary soul body, therefore the origin of all belief in spirits, and probably also the belief in gods.  "The dead continues to live, for he appears to the living in a dream": thus men reasoned of old for thousands and thousands of years.  
 

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