Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Criticism of Saints.

Must one then, in order to have a virtue, be desirous of having it precisely in its most brutal form?  as the Christian saints desired and needed; those who only endured life with the thought that at the sight of their virtue self-contempt might seize every man.  A virtue with such an effect I call brutal.  
 

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