Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Mothers.

Animals think differently from men with respect to females ; with them the female is regarded as the productive being.  There is no paternal love among them, but there is such a thing as love of the children of a beloved, and habituation to them.  In the young, the females find gratification for their lust of dominion ; the young are a property, an occupation, something quite comprehensible to them, with which they can chatter : all this in summary is maternal love, it is to be compared to the love of the artist for his work.  Pregnancy has made the females gentler, more expectant, more timid, more submissively inclined ; and similarly intellectual pregnancy engenders the character of the contemplative, who are allied to women in character : they are the masculine mothers.  Among animals the masculine sex is regarded as the beautiful sex.  
 

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