Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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encore du miel, eh bien! lèche-le jusqu'à ce
qu'il n'y en ait plus, ours grognon, et adoucis ton âme! Car se soir
nous allons être joyeux tous deux.

- joyeux et contents que cette journée soit finie! Et toi-même tu dois
accompagner mes chants de tes danses, comme si tu étais mon ours savant.

Tu n'en crois rien, tu secoues la tête? Eh bien! Va! Vieil ours!
Mais moi aussi - je suis un devin."

Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra.



Une heure ne s'était pas encore écoulée depuis que Zarathoustra
s'était mis en route, dans ses montagnes et dans ses forêts, lorsqu'il
vit tout à coup un singulier cortège. Au milieu du chemin qu'il
voulait prendre s'avançaient deux rois, ornés de couronnes et de
ceintures de pourpre, diaprés comme des flamants: ils poussaient devant
eux un âne chargé. "Que veulent ces rois dans mon royaume?" dit à son
coeur Zarathoustra étonné, et il se cacha en hâte derrière un buisson.
Mais lorsque les rois arrivèrent tout près de lui, il dit à mi-voix,
comme quelqu'un qui se parle à lui-même: "Chose singulière! singulière!
Comment accorder cela? Je vois deux rois - et seulement _un_ âne?"

Alors les deux rois s'arrêtèrent, se mirent à sourire et regardèrent du
côté d'où venait la voix, puis ils se dévisagèrent réciproquement: "On
pense bien aussi ces choses-là parmi nous, dit le roi de droite, mais
on ne les exprime pas."

Le roi de gauche cependant haussa les épaules et répondit: "Cela doit
être un gardeur de chèvres, ou bien un ermite, qui a trop longtemps
vécu parmi les rochers et les arbres. Car n'avoir point de société du
tout gâte aussi les bonnes moeurs."

"Les bonnes moeurs, repartit l'autre roi, d'un ton fâché et amer: à qui
donc voulons-nous échapper, si ce n'est aux "bonnes moeurs", à notre
"bonne société"?

Plutôt, vraiment, vivre parmi les ermites et les gardeurs de chèvres
qu'avec notre populace dorée, fausse et fardée - bien qu'elle se nomme
la "bonne société".

- bien qu'elle se nomme "noblesse". Mais là tout est faux et pourri,
avant tout le sang, grâce à de vieilles et de mauvaises maladies et à
de plus mauvais guérisseurs.

Celui que je préfère est aujourd'hui le meilleur, c'est le paysan bien
portant; il est grossier, rusé, opiniâtre et endurant; c'est
aujourd'hui l'espèce la plus noble.

Le paysan est le meilleur aujourd'hui; et l'espèce paysanne devrait
être maître! Cependant c'est le règne de la populace, - je ne me
laisse plus éblouir. Mais populace veut dire: pêle-mêle.

Pêle-mêle populacier: là tout se mêle

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In this sphere, not only happiness but ecstasy reigns supreme.
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" Not the sugary condolence of the post-prandial speaker, but this last sentence concerns us.
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is truly not a very comforting one.
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