blanc, comme le nuage
gros d'éclairs et le pis gonflé de lait: - prêt à moi-même et à ma
volonté la plus cachée: un arc qui brûle de connaître sa flèche, une
flèche qui brûle de connaître son étoile: - une étoile prête et mûre
dans son midi, ardente et transpercée, bienheureuse de la flèche
céleste qui la détruit: - soleil elle-même et implacable volonté de
soleil, prête à détruire dans la victoire!
O volonté! trêve de toute misère, toi _ma_ nécessité! Réserve-moi pour
_une_ grande victoire! -
Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra.
Un matin, peu de temps après son retour dans sa caverne, Zarathoustra
s'élança de sa couche comme un fou, se mit à crier d'une voix
formidable, gesticulant comme s'il y avait sur sa couche un Autre que
lui et qui ne voulait pas se lever; et la voix de Zarathoustra
retentissait de si terrible manière que ses animaux effrayés
s'approchèrent de lui et que de toutes les grottes et de toutes les
fissures qui avoisinaient la caverne de Zarathoustra, tous les animaux
s'enfuirent, - volant, voltigeant, rampant et sautant, selon qu'ils
avaient des pieds ou des ailes. Mais Zarathoustra prononça ces paroles:
Debout, pensée vertigineuse, surgis du plus profond de mon être! Je
suis ton chant du coq et ton aube matinale, dragon endormi; lève-toi!
Ma voix finira bien par te réveiller!
Arrache les tampons de tes oreilles: écoute! Car je veux que tu
parles! Lève-toi! Il y a assez de tonnerre ici pour que même les
tombes apprennent à entendre!
Frotte tes yeux, afin d'en chasser le sommeil, toute myopie et tout
aveuglement. Ecoute-moi aussi avec tes yeux: ma voix est un remède,
même pour ceux qui sont nés aveugles.
Et quand une fois tu serras éveillé, tu le resteras à jamais. Ce n'est
pas _mon_ habitude de tirer de leur sommeil d'antiques aïeules, pour
leur dire - de se rendormir!
Tu bouges, tu t'étires et tu râles? Debout! debout! ce n'est point
râler - mais parler qu'il te faut! Zarathoustra t'appelle,
Moi Zarathoustra, l'affirmateur de la vie, l'affirmateur de la douleur,
l'affirmateur du cercle éternel - c'est toi que j'appelle, toi la plus
profonde de mes pensées!
O joie! Tu viens, - je t'entends! Mon abîme _parle_. J'ai retourné
vers la lumière ma dernière profondeur!
O joie! Viens ici! Donne-moi la main - Ah! Laisse! Ah! Ah! -
dégoût! dégoût! dégoût! - Malheur à moi!
Mais à peine Zarathoustra avait-il dit ces mots qu'il s'effondra à
terre tel un mort, et il resta longtemps comme mort. Lorsqu'il
It was certainly the great Maimonides himself, that spiritual father of Spinoza, who guided the pen of his Sephardic descendant, when he thus wrote in his _Tancred_: "It is to be noted, although the Omnipotent Creator might have formed, had it pleased him, in the humblest of his creations, an efficient agent for his purpose that Divine Majesty has never thought fit to communicate except with human beings of the very highest order.Page 27
Being such an adept at cautioning people, he is always grateful to any artist who heeds him and listens to caution.Page 35
With regard to one point only do we receive more exhaustive information, and fortunately this point relates to the heaven in heaven--the private little art-rooms which will be consecrated to the use of great poets and musicians, and to which the Philistine will go to edify himself; in which, moreover, according to his own showing, he will even get "all his stains removed and wiped away" (p.Page 38
And as to the catholicity; this is no distinction, more especially when, as in Lessing's case, it was a dire necessity.Page 47
The very shadow of his deeds--his morality--shows us that he is a word-hero, and that he avoids everything which might induce him to transfer his energies from mere verbosity to really serious things.Page 48
No help for it, therefore; even the most stiff-necked and obdurate of these fellows must condescend to look up a little, if only to get a sight, be it no farther than the knees, of those august figures" (p.Page 52
" Granted; but what if the carters should begin building? It does happen at times, Great Master, as you know, and then the kings must grin and bear it.Page 54
If, however, as scientific men, ye proceed with science as the labourers with the tasks which the exigencies of life impose upon them, what will become of a culture which must await the hour of its birth and its salvation in.Page 55
Literary reminiscences do duty for genuine ideas and views, and the assumption of a moderate and grandfatherly tone take the place of wisdom and mature thought.Page 66
" According to this, Strauss seems only too well aware of the importance of _simplicity in style_; it is ever the sign of genius, which alone has the privilege to express itself naturally and guilelessly.Page 73
The reason why this test fails with Strauss's German is not owing to the fact that it is more Teutonic than theirs, but because his is distorted and illogical, whereas theirs is lofty and simple.Page 79
It is almost a recognised fact that in times of exceptional danger, or at all decisive and culminating points in their lives, men see the remotest and most recent events of their career with singular vividness, and in one rapid inward glance obtain a sort of panorama of a whole span of years in which every event is faithfully depicted.Page 83
The relation of the two constituent forces to each other, and the yielding of the one to the other, was the great requisite by which alone he could remain wholly and truly himself.Page 95
Had Wagner been an accident, he would certainly have been crushed by the superior strength of the other elements in the midst of which he was placed, out in the coming of Wagner there seems to have been a necessity which both justifies it and makes it glorious.Page 105
Who would undertake to name the object of its existence with any certainty?--even supposing the sort of purpose which it would be likely to have could be divined at all.Page 110
His fight with the opposing world was grim and ghastly, only because it was this same world--this alluring enemy--which he heard speaking out of his own heart, and because he nourished a violent demon in his breast--the demon of resistance.Page 115
When he feared that arguments couched in his own terms would only meet with failure, he had tried to persuade and to put his question in a language half strange to himself though familiar to his listeners.Page 129
Had the purity of his artist's nature been one degree less decided than it was, he would have attained much earlier than he actually did to the leading position in the artistic and musical world of his time.