Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.

  

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Origin of Rights.  Rights may be traced to traditions, traditions to momentary agreements.  At some time or other men were mutually content with the consequences of making an agreement, and, again, too indolent formally to renew it.  Thus they went on living as if it had constantly been renewed, and gradually, when oblivion cast its veil over the origin, they thought they possessed a sacred, unalterable foundation on which every generation would be compelled to build.  Tradition was how a constraint, even if it no more involved the profit originally derived from making the agreement.  Here the weak have always found their strong fortress.  They are inclined to immortalise the momentary agreement, the single act of favour shown towards them.  
 

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