Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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et tremblant.

"O Zarathoustra, commença-t-il d'une voix attristée, tu n'as pas l'air
de quelqu'un que son bonheur fait tourner: il te faudra danser pour ne
pas tomber à la renverse!

Et si tu voulais même danser devant moi et faire toutes tes gambades:
personne ne pourrait me dire: "Regarde, voici la danse du dernier homme
joyeux!"

Si quelqu'un qui cherche ici _cet_ homme montait à cette hauteur il
monterait en vain: il trouverait des cavernes et des grottes, des
cachettes pour les gens cachés, mais ni puits de bonheur, ni trésors,
ni nouveaux filons de bonheur.

Du bonheur - comment ferait-on pour trouver le bonheur chez de pareils
ensevelis, chez de tels ermites! Faut-il que je cherche encore le
dernier bonheur sur les Iles Bienheureuses et au loin parmi les mers
oubliées?

Mais tout est égal, rien ne vaut la peine, en vain sont toutes les
recherches, il n'y a plus d'Iles Bienheureuses!" -

Ainsi soupira le devin; mais à son dernier soupir Zarathoustra reprit
sa sérénité et son assurance comme quelqu'un qui revient à la lumière,
sortant d'un gouffre profond. "Non! Non! trois fois non, s'écria-t-il
d'une voix forte, en se caressant la barbe - je sais cela bien mieux
que toi! Il y a encore des Iles Bienheureuses! N'en parle pas,
sac-à-tristesse, pleurard!

Cesse de glapir, nuage de pluie du matin! Ne me vois-tu pas déjà
mouillé de la tristesse et aspergé comme un chien?

Maintenant je me secoue et je me sauve loin de toi, pour redevenir sec:
ne t'en étonne pas! N'ai-je pas l'air courtois? Mais c'est _ma_ cour
qui est ici.

Pour ce qui en est de ton homme supérieur: Eh bien! je vais vite le
chercher dans ces forêts: c'est de _là_ qu'est venu son cri. Peut-être
une bête sauvage le met-elle en danger.

Ils est dans _mon_ domaine: je ne veux pas qu'il lui arrive malheur
ici! Et, en vérité, il y a chez moi beaucoup de bêtes sauvages." -

A ces mots Zarathoustra s'apprêta à partir. Mais alors le devin se mit
à dire: "O Zarathoustra, tu es un coquin!

Je le sais bien: tu veux te débarrasser de moi! Tu préfères te sauver
dans les forêts pour poursuivre les bêtes sauvages!

Mais à quoi cela te servira-t-il? Le soir tu me trouveras pourtant de
nouveau; je serai assis dans ta propre caverne, patient et lourd comme
une bûche - assis là à t'attendre!"

"Qu'il en soit ainsi! s'écria Zarathoustra en s'en allant: et ce qui
m'appartient dans ma caverne, t'appartient aussi, à toi mon hôte!

Mais si tu y trouvais

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Text Comparison with Homer and Classical Philology

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Whilst philology as a whole is looked on with jealous eyes by these two classes of opponents, there are numerous and varied hostilities in other directions of philology; philologists themselves are quarrelling with one another; internal dissensions are caused by useless disputes about precedence and mutual jealousies, but especially by the differences--even enmities--comprised in the name of philology, which are not, however, by any means naturally harmonised instincts.
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Schiller upbraided the philologists with having scattered Homer's laurel crown to the winds.
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I cannot help thinking, however, that some of these scruples are still sounding in the ears of not a few in this gathering; for they may still be frequently heard from the lips of noble and artistically gifted men--as even an upright philologist must feel them, and feel them most painfully, at moments when his spirits are downcast.
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The zenith of the historico-literary studies of the Greeks, and hence also of their point of greatest importance--the Homeric question--was reached in the age of the Alexandrian grammarians.
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Let us imagine ourselves as living in the time of Pisistratus: the word "Homer" then comprehended an abundance of dissimilarities.
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Impossible for it to be in the construction of the complete works, said one party, for this is far from faultless; but doubtless to be found in single songs: in the single pieces above all; not in the whole.
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For the best way for these mechanicians to grasp individual characteristics is by perceiving deviations from the genius of the people; the aberrations and hidden allusions: and the fewer discrepancies to be found in a poem the fainter will be the traces of the individual poet who composed it.
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Those, therefore, who look for the "original and perfect design" are looking for a mere phantom; for the dangerous path of oral tradition had reached its end just as the systematic arrangement appeared on the scene; the disfigurements which were caused on the way could not have affected the design, for this did not form part of the material handed down from generation to generation.
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But I have also, I imagine, recalled two facts to those friends of antiquity who take such delight in accusing us philologists of lack of piety for great conceptions and an unproductive zeal for destruction.
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We grant that philology is not the creator of this world, not the composer of that immortal music; but is it not a merit, and a great merit, to be a mere virtuoso, and let the world for the first time hear that music which lay so long in obscurity, despised and undecipherable? Who was Homer previously to Wolf's brilliant investigations? A good old man, known at best as a "natural genius," at all events the child of a barbaric age, replete with faults against good taste and good morals.
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