(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 226, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Antichrist, section 48 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1895).
An allusion to a line in Schiller's Maid of Orleans (act 3, scene 6): "Against stupidity even the gods struggle in vain.")
Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 66, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)