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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on Love and Christian Virtues

"The Antichrist" in Twilight of the Idols with the Antichrist and Ecce Homo (Wordsworth Editions: 2007, orig. 1888), p. 112.

Love is the state in which man sees things most widely different from what they are. The force of illusion reaches its zenith here, as likewise the sweetening and transfiguring power. When a man is in love he endures more than at other times; he submits to everything. The thing was to discover a religion in which it was possible to love: by this means the worst in life is overcome — it is no longer even seen. So much for three Christian virtues Faith, Hope, and Charity: I call them the three Christian precautionary measures.