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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FALSEHOOD.  Why do people mostly speak the truth in daily life?  -Assuredly not because a God has forbidden falsehood.  But, firstly, because it is more convenient, as falsehood requires invention, deceit, and memory.  (As Swift says, he who tells a lie is not sensible how great a task he undertakes; for in order to uphold one lie he must invent twenty others.)  Therefore, because it is advantageous in upright circumstances to say straight out, "I want this, I have done that” and so on; because, in other words, the path of compulsion and authority is surer than that of cunning.  But if a child has been brought up in complicated domestic circumstances, he employs falsehood, naturally and unconsciously says whatever best suits his interests; a sense of truth and a hatred of falsehood are quite foreign and unknown to him, and so he lies in all innocence.  
 

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