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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The Sum Total of Conscience.  The sum total of our conscience is all that has regularly been demanded of us, without reason, in the days of our childhood, by people whom we respected or feared.  From conscience comes that feeling of obligation ("This I must do, this omit") which does not ask, Why must I?  — In all cases where a thing is done with "because" and "why” man acts without conscience, but not necessarily on that account against conscience.  The belief in authority is the source of conscience; which is therefore not the voice of God in the heart of man, but the voice of some men in man.  

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