Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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battre de la paille;
vivre - c'est se brûler et ne pas arriver à se chauffer." -

Ces bavardages vieillis passent encore pour de la "sagesse"; ils sont
vieux, ils sentent le renfermé, c'est _pourquoi_ on les honore
davantage. La pourriture, elle aussi, rend noble. -

Des enfants peuvent ainsi parler: ils _craignent_ le feu car le feu les
a brûlés! Il y a beaucoup d'enfantillage dans les vieux livres de la

Et celui qui bat toujours la paille comment aurait-il le droit de se
moquer lorsqu'on bat le blé? On devrait bâillonner de tels fous!

Ceux-là se mettent à table et n'apportent rien, pas même une bonne
faim: - et maintenant ils blasphèment: "Tout est vain!"

Mais bien manger et bien boire, ô mes frêres, cela n'est en vérité pas
un art vain! Brisez, brisez-moi les tables des éternellement


"Pour les purs, tout est pur" - ainsi parle le peuple. Mais moi je
vous dis: pour les porcs, tout est porc!

C'est pourquoi les exaltés et les humbles, qui inclinent leur coeur,
prêchent ainsi: "Le monde lui-même est un monstre fangeux."

Car tous ceux-là ont l'esprit malpropre; surtout ceux qui n'ont ni
trêve ni repos qu'ils n'aient vu le monde _par derrière_, - ces
hallucinés de l'arrière-monde!

C'est à _eux_ que je le dis en plein visage, quoique cela choque la
bienséance: en ceci le monde ressemble à l'homme, il a un derrière, -
_ceci_ est vrai!

Il y a dans le monde beaucoup de fange: _ceci_ est vrai! mais ce n'est
pas à cause de cela que le monde est un monstre fangeux!

La sagesse veut qu'il y ait dans le monde beaucoup de choses qui
sentent mauvais: le dégoût lui-même crée des ailes et des forces qui
pressentent des sources!

Les meilleurs ont quelque chose qui dégoûte; et le meilleur même est
quelque chose qui doit être surmonté! -

mes frères! il est sage qu'il y ait beaucoup de fange dans le monde! -


J'ai entendu de pieux hallucinés de l'arrière-monde dire à leur
conscience des paroles comme celle-ci et, en vérité, sans malice ni
raillerie, - quoiqu'il n'y ait rien de plus faux sur la terre, ni rien
de pire.

"Laissez donc le monde être le monde! Ne remuez même pas le petit
doigt contre lui!"

"Laissez les gens se faire étrangler par ceux qui voudront, laissez-les
se faire égorger, frapper, maltraiter et écorcher: ne remuez même pas
le petit doigt pour vous y opposer. Cela leur apprendre à renoncer au

"Et ta propre raison tu devrais la ravaler et l'égorger; car cette
raison est de ce monde; - ainsi

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Text Comparison with The Case Of Wagner, Nietzsche Contra Wagner, and Selected Aphorisms.

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To both of these views there is but one reply:--they are absolutely false.
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A little more suspicion, for instance, ought to be applied to Wagner's _My Life_, especially in England, where critics are not half suspicious enough about a continental artist's self-revelations, and are too prone, if they have suspicions at all, to apply them in the wrong place.
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A long history!--Shall I give it a name?--If I were a moralist, who knows what I might not call it! Perhaps a piece of _self-mastery_.
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From Merimee it has this logic even in passion, from him it has the direct line, _inexorable_ necessity, but what it has above all else is that which belongs to sub-tropical zones--that dryness of atmosphere, that _limpidezza_ of the air.
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Throughout his life he rattled "resignation," "loyalty," and "purity" about our ears, and he retired from the _corrupt_ world with a song of praise to chastity!--And we believed it all.
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Wherefore beauty then? Why not rather aim at size, at the sublime, the gigantic, that which moves the _masses_?--And to repeat, it is easier to be titanic than to be beautiful; we know that.
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But this is the formula for every decadent style: there is always anarchy among the atoms, disaggregation of the will,--in moral terms: "freedom of the individual,"--extended into a political theory "_equal_ rights for all.
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--Who else has this persuasive power in his attitudes, who else sees attitudes so clearly before anything else! This holding-of-its-breath in Wagnerian pathos, this disinclination to have done with an intense feeling, this terrifying habit of dwelling on a situation in which every instant almost chokes one.
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Drama demands _inexorable_ logic: but what did Wagner care about logic? Again I say, it was not Corneille's public that he had to consider; but merely Germans! Everybody knows the technical difficulties before which the dramatist often has to summon all his strength and frequently to sweat his blood: the difficulty of making the _plot_ seem necessary and the unravelment as well, so that both are conceivable only in a certain way, and so that each.
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{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} The movement that Wagner created has spread even to the land of knowledge: whole sciences pertaining to music are rising slowly, out of centuries of scholasticism.
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--Never have people been more obedient, never have they been so well ordered about.
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The concepts "true" and "untrue" do not seem to me to have any sense in optics.
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or sign; verily as the Orpheus of all secret misery he is greater than anyone, and many a thing was introduced into art for the first time by him, which hitherto had not been given expression, had not even been thought worthy of art--the cynical revolts, for instance, of which only the greatest sufferer is capable, also many a small and quite microscopical feature of the soul, as it were the scales of its amphibious nature--yes indeed, he is the master of everything very small.
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In Bayreuth people are only upright in the mass; the individual lies, he even lies to himself.
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The preaching of chastity remains an incitement to unnaturalness: I despise anybody who does not regard "Parsifal" as an outrage upon morality.
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I frankly confess that I had hoped that by means of art the Germans would become thoroughly disgusted with _decaying Christianity_--I regarded German mythology as a solvent, as a means of accustoming people to polytheism.
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His _art_ has this effect upon artists, it is envious of all rivals.
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_ 51.
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Wagner reminds one of lava which blocks its own course by congealing, and suddenly finds itself checked by dams which it has itself built.
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any point which is vouched for by Wagner alone.