cause de sa mort - car tous
les animaux l'aimaient. Alors je me suis enfui.
Suis-je donc venu en vain dans ces forêts et dans ces montagnes? Mais
mon coeur s'est décidé à en chercher un autre, le plus pieux de tous
ceux qui ne croient pas en Dieu, - à chercher Zarathoustra!"
Ainsi parlait le vieillard et il regardait d'un oeil perçant celui qui
était debout devant lui; Zarathoustra cependant saisit la main du vieux
pape et la contempla longtemps avec admiration.
"Vois donc, vénérable, dit-il alors, quelle belle main effilée! Ceci
est la main de quelqu'un qui a toujours donné la bénédiction. Mais
maintenant elle tient celui que tu cherches, moi Zarathoustra.
Je suis Zarathoustra, l'impie, qui dit: qui est-ce qui est plus impie
que moi, afin que je me réjouisse de son enseignement?"
Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra, pénétrant de son regard les pensées et les
arrière-pensées du vieux pape. Enfin celui-ci commença:
"Celui qui l'aimait et le possédait le plus, c'est celui qui l'a aussi
le plus perdu: - regarde, je crois que de nous deux, c'est moi
maintenant le plus impie? Mais qui donc saurait s'en réjouir!"
- "Tu l'as servi jusqu'à la fin? demanda Zarathoustra pensif, après un
long et profond silence, tu sais _comment_ il est mort? Est-ce vrai,
ce que l'on raconte, que c'est la pitié qui l'a étranglé?
- la pitié de voir _l'homme_ suspendu à la croix, sans pouvoir
supporter que l'amour pour les hommes devînt son enfer et enfin sa
Le vieux pape cependant ne répondit pas, mais il regarda de côté, avec
un air farouche et une expression douloureuse et sombre sur le visage.
"Laisse-le aller, reprit Zarathoustra après une longue réflexion, en
regardant toujours le vieillard dans le blanc des yeux.
Laisse-le aller, il est perdu. Et quoique cela t'honore de ne dire que
du bien de ce mort, tu sais aussi bien que moi, _qui_ il était: et
qu'il suivait des chemins singuliers."
"Pour parler entre trois yeux, dit le vieux pape rasséréné (car il
était aveugle d'un oeil), sur les choses de Dieu je suis plus éclairé
que Zarathoustra lui-même - et j'ai le droit de l'être.
Mon amour a servi Dieu pendant de longues années, ma volonté suivait
partout sa volonté. Mais un bon serviteur sait tout et aussi certaines
choses que son maître se cache à lui-même.
C'était un Dieu caché, plein de mystères. En vérité, son fils lui-même
ne lui est venu que par des chemins détournés. A la porte de sa
croyance il y a l'adultère.
Celui qui le
Footnote 2: An allusion to Schiller's poem: "The Veiled Image of Sais.Page 41
If then such exceptional men do not perceive themselves as exceptions, how can they ever understand the ignoble natures and estimate average men fairly! Thus it is that they also speak of the folly, inexpediency and fantasy of mankind, full of astonishment at the madness of the world, and that it will not recognise the "one thing needful for it.Page 50
Our pleasure in ourselves seeks to maintain itself, by always transforming something new _into ourselves_,âthat is just possessing.Page 84
The ideas of things still continually shift and move, and will perhaps alter more than ever in the future; it is continually the most select spirits themselves who strive against universal obligatorinessâthe investigators of _truth_ above all! The accepted belief, as the belief of all the world, continually engenders a disgust and a new longing in the more ingenious minds; and already the slow _tempo_ which it demands for all intellectual processes (the imitation of the tortoise, which is here recognised as the rule) makes the artists and poets runaways:âit is in these impatient spirits that a downright delight in delirium breaks out, because delirium has such a joyful _tempo_! Virtuous intellects, therefore, are neededâah! I want to use the least ambiguous word,â_virtuous stupidity_ is needed, imperturbable conductors of the _slow_ spirits are needed, in order that the faithful of the great collective belief may remain with one another and dance their dance further: it is a necessity of the first importance that here enjoins and demands.Page 86
It is to the advantage of his reputation that he has not really arrived at his goal.Page 103
It is sufficient that his life is right in his own eyes, and maintains its right,âthe life which calls to each of us: "Be a man, and do not follow meâbut thyself! thyself!" _Our_ life, also ought to maintain its right in our own eyes! We also are to grow and blossom out of ourselves, free and fearless, in innocent selfishness! And so, on the contemplation of such a man, these thoughts still ring in my ears to-day, as formerly: "That passion is better than stoicism or hypocrisy; that straightforwardness, even in evil, is better than losing oneself in trying to observe traditional morality; that the free man is just as able to be good as evil, but that the unemancipated man is a disgrace to nature, and has no share in heavenly or earthly bliss; finally, that _all who wish to be free must become so through themselves_, and that freedom falls to nobody's lot as a gift from Heaven.Page 107
" And indeed he gives it to them!âin the first place it is the sergeant-majors and non-commissioned officers that imitate his tone and coarsen it.Page 111
the other hand, is to all eternity chaos; not by the absence of necessity, but in the sense of the absence of order, structure, form, beauty, wisdom, and whatever else our Ã¦sthetic humanities are called.Page 127
_âA Jesus Christ was only possible in a Jewish landscapeâI mean in one over which the gloomy and sublime thunder-cloud of the angry Jehovah hung continually.Page 134
_âTake care!âhe reflects: he will have a lie ready immediately.Page 137
_âWhat has hitherto had the most convincing eloquence? The rolling of the drum: and as long as kings have this at their command, they will always be the best orators and popular leaders.Page 148
"_âHe only will devise an improvement who can feel that "this is not good.Page 163
It is the same with this "severity of science" as with the manners and politeness of the best society: it frightens the uninitiated.Page 187
We must be _physicists_ in order to be _creators_ in that sense,âwhereas hitherto all appreciations and ideals have been based on _ignorance_ of physics,.Page 222
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mastership and ability, and repudiate with the most relentless scorn everything of a make-believe, half-genuine, dressed-up, virtuoso, demagogic, histrionic nature in _litteris et artibus_âall that which does not convince you by its absolute _genuineness_ of discipline and preparatory training, or cannot stand your test! (Even genius does not help a person to get over such a defect, however well it may be able to deceive with regard to it: one understands this if one has once looked closely at our most gifted painters and musicians,âwho almost without exception, can artificially and supplementarily appropriate to themselves (by means of artful inventions of style, make-shifts, and even principles), the _appearance_ of that genuineness, that solidity of training and culture; to be sure, without thereby deceiving themselves, without thereby imposing perpetual silence on their bad consciences.Page 239
 I swing on a bough, and rest My tired limbs in a nest, In the rocking home of a bird, Wherein I perch as his guest, In the South! I gaze on the ocean asleep, .Page 250
And listen to what I have found In the South! * * * "You are merry lovers and false and gay, In frolics and sport you pass the day; Whilst in the North, I shudder to say, I worshipped a woman, hideous and gray, Her name was Truth, so I heard them say, But I left her there and I flew away To the South!" BEPPA THE PIOUS.Page 258