Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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As Interpreters of our Experiences.  One form of honesty has always been lacking among founders of religions and their kin: they have never made their experiences a matter of the intellectual conscience.  "What did I really experience?  What then took place in me and around me?  Was my understanding clear enough?  Was my will directly opposed to all deception of the senses, and courageous in its defence against fantastic notions?"  None of them ever asked these questions, nor to this day do any of the good religious people ask them.  They have rather a thirst for things which are contrary to reason, and they don’t want to have too much difficulty in satisfying this thirst, so they experience "miracles" and "regenerations," and hear the voices of angels!  But we who are different, who are thirsty for reason, want to look as carefully into our experiences as in the case of a scientific experiment, hour by hour, day by day!  We ourselves want to be our own experiments, and our own subjects of experiment.  

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