Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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la guerre. Car un glaive veut boire du sang, un glaive scintille de
désir." -

- Tandis que les rois parlaient et babillaient ainsi, avec feu, de la
félicité de leurs pères, Zarathoustra fut pris d'une grande envie de
se moquer de leur ardeur: car c'étaient évidemment des rois très
paisibles qu'il voyait devant lui, des rois aux visages vieux et fins.
Mais il se surmonta. "Allons! En route! dit-il, vous voici sur le
chemin, là-haut est la caverne de Zarathoustra; et ce jour doit avoir
une longue soirée! Mais maintenant un cri de détresse pressant
m'appelle loin de vous.

Ma caverne sera honorée, si des rois y prennent place pour attendre:
mais il est vrai qu'il faudra que vous attendiez longtemps!

Eh bien! Qu'importe! Où apprend-on mieux à attendre aujourd'hui que
dans les cours? Et de toutes les vertus des rois, la seule qui leur
soit restée, - ne s'appelle-t-elle pas aujourd'hui: _savoir_ attendre?"


Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra.





LA SANGSUE


Et Zarathoustra pensif continua sa route, descendant toujours plus bas,
traversant des forêts et passant devant des marécages; mais, comme il
arrive à tous ceux qui réfléchissent à des choses difficiles, il butta
par mégarde sur un homme. Et voici, d'un seul coup, un cri de douleur,
deux jurons et vingt injures graves jaillirent à sa face: en sorte que,
dans sa frayeur, il leva sa canne pour frapper encore celui qu'il
venait de heurter. Pourtant, au même instant, il reprit sa raison; et
son coeur se mit à rire de la folie qu'il venait de faire.

"Pardonne-moi, dit-il à l'homme, sur lequel il avait butté, et qui
venait de se lever avec colère, pour s"asseoir aussitôt, pardonne-moi
et écoute avant tout une parabole.

Comme un voyageur qui rêve de choses lointaines, sur une route
solitaire, se heurte par mégarde à un chien qui sommeille, à un chien
qui est couché au soleil: - comme tous deux se lèvent et s'abordent
brusquement, semblables à des ennemis mortels, tous deux effrayés à
mort: ainsi il en a été de nous.

Et pourtant! Et pourtant! - combien il s'en est fallu de peu qu'ils ne
se caressent, ce chien et ce solitaire! Ne sont-ils pas tous deux -
solitaires?"

-"Qui que tu sois, répondit, toujours avec colère, celui que
Zarathoustra venait de heurter, tu t'approches encore trop de moi, non
seulement avec ton pied, mais encore avec ta parabole!

Regarde, suis-je donc un chien?" - et, tout en disant cela, celui qui
était assis se leva en retirant son bras nu du marécage. Car il avait
commencé par être couché

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