In some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering in innumerable solar systems, there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge.
That was the most arrogant and mendacious minute of world history.
Yet only a minute.
After nature had drawn a few breaths, the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die.
"On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense", 1873, posthumously