Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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l'a trop peu aimé, trop peu aimé!" Que je t'aie trompé jusque-là,
c'est ce qui faisait intérieurement jubiler ma méchanceté."

"Tu dois en avoir trompé de plus fins que moi, répondit durement
Zarathoustra. Je ne suis pas sur mes gardes devant les trompeurs, il
_faut_ que je m'abstienne de prendre des précautions: ainsi le veut mon

Mais toi - il _faut_ que tu trompes: je te connais assez pour le
savoir! Il faut toujours que tes mots aient un double, un triple, un
quadruple sens. Même ce que tu viens de me confesser maintenant
n'était ni assez vrai, ni assez faux pour moi!

Méchant faux monnayeur, comment saurais-tu faire autrement! Tu
farderais même ta maladie, si tu te montrais nu devant ton médecin.

C'est ainsi que tu viens de farder devant moi ton mensonge, lorsque tu
disais: "Je ne l'ai fait _que_ par jeu!" Il y avait aussi du _sérieux_
là-dedans, tu _es_ quelque chose comme un expiateur de l'esprit!

Je te devine bien: tu es devenu l'enchanteur de tout le monde, mais à
l'égard de toi-même il ne te reste plus ni mensonge ni ruse, - pour
toi-même tu es désenchanté!

Tu as moissonné le dégoût comme ta seule vérité. Aucune parole n'est
plus vraie chez toi, mais ta bouche est encore vraie: c'est-à-dire le
dégoût qui colle à ta bouche." -

- "Qui es-tu donc! s'écria en cet endroit le vieil enchanteur d'une
voix hautaine. Qui a le droit de _me_ parler ainsi, à moi qui suis le
plus grand des vivants d'aujourd'hui?" - et un regard vert fondit de
ses yeux sur Zarathoustra. Mais aussitôt il se transforma et il dit

"O Zarathoustra, je suis fatigué de tout cela, mes arts me dégoûtent,
je ne suis pas _grand_, que sert-il de feindre! Mais tu le sais bien -
j'ai cherché la grandeur!

Je voulais représenter un grand homme et il y en a beaucoup que j'ai
convaincus: mais ce mensonge a dépassé ma force. C'est contre lui que
je me brise.

O Zarathoustra, chez moi tout est mensonge; mais que je me brise - cela
est _vrai_ chez moi!" -

"C'est à ton honneur, reprit Zarathoustra, l'air sombre et le regard
détourné vers le sol, c'est à ton honneur d'avoir cherché la grandeur,
mais cela te trahit aussi. Tu n'es pas grand.

Vieil enchanteur sinistre, _ce_ que tu as de meilleur et de plus
honnête, ce que j'honore en toi c'est que tu te sois fatigué de
toi-même et que tu te sois écrié: "Je ne suis pas grand."

C'est en _cela_

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