Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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German Hopes.

Do not let us forget that the names of peoples are generally names of reproach.  The Tartars, for example, according to their name, are "the dogs"; they were so christened by the Chinese.  "Deutschen" (Germans) means originally "heathen": it is thus that the Goths after their conversion named the great mass of their unbaptized fellow tribes, according to the indication in their translation of the Septuagint, in which the heathen are designated by the word which in Greek signifies "the nations."  (See Ulfilas.)  It might still be possible for the Germans to make an honourable name ultimately out of their old name of reproach, by becoming the first non-Christian nation of Europe; for which purpose Schopenhauer, to their honour, regarded them as highly qualified.  The work of Luther would thus be consummated, he who taught them to be anti-Roman, and to say: "Here I stand!  I cannot do otherwise!"  
 

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