Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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dit: "Oui, la vie est lourde à porter!"

Mais ce n'est que l'homme lui-même qui est lourd à porter! Car il
traîne avec lui, sur ses épaules, trop de choses étrangères. Pareil au
chameau, il s'agenouille et se laisse bien charger.

Surtout l'homme vigoureux et patient, plein de vénération: il charge
sur ses épaules trop de paroles et de valeurs _étrangères_ et lourdes,
- alors la vie lui semble un désert!

Et, en vérité! bien des choses qui vous sont _propres_ sont aussi
lourdes à porter! Et l'intérieur de l'homme ressemble beaucoup à
l'huître, il est rebutant, flasque et difficile à saisir, - en sorte
qu'une noble écorce avec de nobles ornements se voit obligée
d'intercéder pour le reste. Mais cet art aussi doit être appris:
_posséder_ de l'écorce, une belle apparence et un sage aveuglement!

Chez l'homme on est encore trompé sur plusieurs autres choses,
puisqu'il y a bien des écorces qui sont pauvres et tristes, et qui sont
trop de l'écorce. Il y a beaucoup de force et de bontés cachées qui ne
sont jamais devinées; les mets les plus délicats ne trouvent pas

Les femmes savent cela, les plus délicates: un peu plus grasses, un peu
plus maigres - ah! comme il y a beaucoup de destinée dans si peu de

L'homme est difficile à découvrir, et le plus difficile encore pour
lui-même; souvent l'esprit ment au sujet de l'âme. Voilà l'ouvrage de
l'esprit de lourdeur.

Mais celui-là s'est découvert lui-même qui dit: ceci est _mon_ bien et
_mon_ mal. Par ces paroles il a fait taire la taupe et le nain qui
disent: "Bien pour tous, mal pour tous."

En vérité, je n'aime pas non plus ceux pour qui toutes choses sont
bonnes et qui appellent ce monde le meilleur des mondes. Je les
appelle des satisfaits.

Le contentement qui goûte de tout: ce n'est pas là le meilleur goût!
J'honore la langue du gourmet, le palais délicat et difficile qui a
appris à dire: "Moi" et "Oui" et "Non".

Mais tout mâcher et tout digérer - c'est faire comme les cochons! Dire
toujours I-A, c'est ce qu'apprennent seuls l'âne et ceux qui sont de
son espèce! -

C'est le jaune profond et le rouge intense que _mon_ goût désire, - il
mêle du sang à toutes les couleurs. Mais celui qui crépit sa maison de
blanc révèle par là qu'il a une âme crépie de blanc.

Les uns amoureux des momies, les autres des fantômes; et nous également
ennemis de la chair et du sang - comme ils sont tous en contradiction
avec mon

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