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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THROWING SUSPICION on MORALITY FOR FAITH'S SAKE.  No power can be maintained when it is only represented by hypocrites; no matter how many "worldly" elements the Catholic Church possesses, its strength lies in those still numerous priestly natures who render life hard and full of meaning for themselves, and whose glance and worn bodies speak of nocturnal vigils, hunger, burning prayers, and perhaps even of scourging; these move men and inspire them with fear.  What if it were necessary to live thus?  This is the terrible question which their aspect brings to the lips.  Whilst they spread this doubt they always uprear another pillar of their power; even the free thinker does not dare to withstand such unselfishness with hard words of truth, and to say, "Thyself deceived, deceive not others”!  Only the difference of views divides them from him, certainly no difference of goodness or badness; but men generally treat unjustly that which they do not like.  Thus we speak of the cunning and the infamous art of the Jesuits, but overlook the self control which every individual Jesuit practises, and the fact that the lightened manner of life preached by Jesuit books is by no means for their benefit, but for that of the laity.  We may even ask whether, with precisely similar tactics and organisation, we enlightened ones would make equally good tools, equally admirable through self conquest, indefatigableness, and renunciation.  
 

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