Many things about man are not very godly: whenever a person excretes feces, how can he be a god then? But it is even worse regarding the other feces we call sin: man still surely wants to retain this, and not excrete it. Now however, I must believe it: a person can be God and still excrete feces. Thus I teach you, excrete your feces and become gods.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, pp. 636-637, selection 23, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Soliloquy spoken by a boy whose character fuses Jesus with Nietzsche in an unpublished narrative dating to late 1883 and presented as "An Innocent Little Story."
Spoken following a transfiguration scene alluding explicitly to Matthew 17:5.