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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"Prejudice is good in its time and place" is a dictum by German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder first recorded in This Too a Philosophy of History for the Formation of Humanity (1774).

Prejudice is good in its time and place, because it makes people happy. It takes them back to their center, attaches them firmly to their roots, lets them flourish in their own way, makes them more impassioned, and, as a result, happier in their inclinations and purposes. The most ignorant nation, the one with the most prejudices, is often superior in this respect.”
"Das Vorurteil ist gut, zu seiner Zeit: denn es macht glücklich. Es drängt Völker zu ihrem Mittelpunkte zusammen, macht sie fester auf ihrem Stamme, blühender in ihrer Art, brünstiger und also glückseliger in ihren Neigungen und Zwecken. Die unwissendste vorurteilendste Nation ist in solchem Betracht oft die Erste: das Zeitalter frem-der Wunschwanderungen und ausländischer Hoffnungsfahrten ist schon Krankheit, Blähung, ungesunde Fülle, Ahndung des Todes!" --Auch eine Philosophie der Geschichte zur Bildung der Menschheit

He also said, in that same work:

“There was no absolute . . . only regional values and contingent principles.”

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