Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Adventitious Liars.

When people began to combat the Aristotelian unities in France, and consequently others also to defend it, there was once more to be seen that which has been seen so often but that which the people were loathe to see : one lied, mendaciously inventing reasons for those laws to exist, simply to avoid acknowledging to themselves that they had accustomed themselves to the authority of those laws and did not want to have things otherwise.  And people do so in every prevailing morality and religion, and have always done so: the reasons and intentions behind the habit are only added surreptitiously when people begin to combat the habit and ask for reasons and intentions.  It is here that the great dishonesty of the conservatives of all times hides: they are adventitious liars.  
 

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