lâches sont rusés!
Ils pensent beaucoup à toi avec leur âme étroite - tu leur es toujours
suspect! Tout ce qui fait beaucoup réfléchir devient suspect.
Ils te punissent pour toutes tes vertus. Ils ne te pardonnent du fond
du coeur que tes fautes.
Puisque tu es bienveillant et juste, tu dis: "Ils sont innocents de
leur petite existence." Mais leur âme étroite pense: "Toute grande
existence est coupable."
Même quand tu es bienveillant à leur égard, ils se sentent méprisés par
toi; et ils te rendent ton bienfait par des méfaits cachés.
Ta fierté sans paroles leur est toujours contraire; ils jubilent quand
il t'arrive d'être assez modeste pour être vaniteux.
Tout ce que nous percevons chez un homme, nous ne faisons que
l'enflammer. Garde-toi donc des petits!
Devant toi ils se sentent petits et leur bassesse s'échauffe contre toi
en une vengeance invisible.
Ne t'es-tu pas aperçu qu'ils se taisaient, dès que tu t'approchais
d'eux, et que leur force les abandonnait, ainsi que la fumée abandonne
un feu qui s'éteint?
Oui, mon ami, tu es la mauvaise conscience de tes prochains: car ils ne
sont pas dignes de toi. C'est pourquoi ils te haïssent et voudraient
te sucer le sang.
Tes prochains seront toujours des mouches venimeuses; ce qui est grand
en toi - ceci même doit les rendre plus venimeux et toujours plus
semblables à des mouches.
Fuis, mon ami, fuis dans ta solitude, là-haut où souffle un vent rude
et fort. Ce n'est pas ta destinée d'être un chasse-mouches.-
Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra.
DE LA CHASTETÉ
J'aime la forêt. Il est difficile de vivre dans les villes: ceux qui
sont en rut y sont trop nombreux.
Ne vaut-il pas mieux tomber entre les mains d'un meurtrier que dans les
rêves d'une femme ardente?
Et regardez donc ces hommes: leur oeil en témoigne - ils ne connaissent
rien de meilleur sur la terre que de coucher avec une femme.
Ils ont de la boue au fond de l'âme, et malheur à eux si leur boue a de
Si du moins vous étiez une bête parfaite, mais pour être une bête il
Est-ce que je vous conseille de tuer vos sens? Je vous conseille
l'innocence des sens.
Est-ce que je vous conseille la chasteté? Chez quelques-uns la
chasteté est une vertu, mais chez beaucoup d'autres elle est presque un
Ceux-ci sont continents peut-être: mais la chienne Sensualité se
reflète, avec jalousie, dans tout ce qu'ils font.
Même dans les hauteurs de leur vertu et jusque dans leur esprit rigide,
cet animal les suit avec sa discorde.
Et avec quel air gentil la chienne
aren't you accustomed to criticism on the part of German philosophers? Is it not the ancient and time-honoured privilege of the whole range of them from Leibnitz to Hegel--even of German poets, like Goethe and Heine--to call you bad names and to use unkind language towards you? Has there not always been among the few thinking heads in Germany a silent consent and an open contempt for you and your ways; the sort of contempt you yourselves have for the even more Anglo-Saxon culture of the Americans? I candidly confess that in my more German moments I have felt and still feel as the German philosophers do; but I have also my European turns and moods, and then I try to understand you and even excuse you, and take your part against earnest and thinking Germany.Page 8
Both Nietzsche and Disraeli know the way to health, for they have had the disease of the age themselves, but they have--the one partly, the other entirely--cured themselves of it, they have resisted the spirit of their time, they have escaped the fate of their contemporaries; they therefore, and they alone, know their danger.Page 11
But, secondly, I must not forget that in every Anarchist, and therefore in every Christian, there is also, or may be, an aristocrat--a man who, just like the anarchist, but with a perfectly holy right, wishes to obey no laws but those of his own conscience; a man who thinks too highly of his own faith and persuasion, to convert other people to it; a man who, therefore, would never carry it to Caffres and Coolis; a man, in short, with whom even the noblest and exclusive Hebrew could shake hands.Page 28
It must, however, be admitted that the provocation thereto was of an unusual character.Page 33
The heaven of the new believer must, perforce, be a heaven upon earth; for the Christian "prospect of an immortal life in heaven," together with the other consolations, "must irretrievably vanish" for him who has but "one foot" on the Straussian platform.Page 59
Should this most important Part of the problem be solved, and should the framework of the building have been given its most favourable proportions, even then there remains enough to be done: how many smaller faults have to be corrected, how many gaps require filling in! Here and there a temporary partition or floor was found to answer the requirements; everywhere dust and fragments litter the ground, and no matter where we look, we see the signs of work done and work still to be done.Page 76
This is why even the work of a great man is not necessarily great when it is short, abortive, or fruitless; for at the moment when he performed it he must have failed to perceive that it was really necessary; he must have been careless in his aim, and he cannot have chosen and fixed upon the time with sufficient caution.Page 78
In the realm of art it signifies, so to speak, the first circumnavigation of the world, and by this voyage not only was there discovered an apparently new art, but Art itself.Page 83
It is Wagner's most personal and most individual experience, which he reveres like a religious mystery, and which he calls Fidelity; he never wearies of breathing it into hundreds of different characters, and of endowing it with the sublimest that in him lies, so overflowing is his gratitude.Page 93
Among scholars, only those would remain loyal to the old order of things who had been infected with the political mania or who were literary hacks in any form whatever.Page 97
If now the strains of our German masters' music burst upon a mass of mankind sick to this extent, what is really the meaning of these strains? Only _correct feeling_, the enemy of all convention, of all artificial estrangement and misunderstandings between man and man: this music signifies a return to nature, and at the same time a purification and remodelling of it; for the need of such a return took shape in the souls of the most loving of men, and, _through their art, nature transformed into love makes its voice heard_.Page 106
But how peculiarly this feeling is crossed, when another force happens to join his quivering pride, the craving of the heights for the depths, the affectionate yearning for earth, for happiness and for fellowship--then, when he thinks of all he misses as a hermit-creator, he feels as though he ought to descend to the earth like a god, and bear all that is weak, human, and lost, "in fiery arms up to heaven," so as to obtain love and no longer worship only, and to be able to lose himself completely in his love.Page 111
And yet the way in which he proceeded partook of greatness and was therefore extraordinarily fruitful.Page 115
He staggered and vacillated.Page 116
was nothing to induce him to continue this indulgence: all he desired now was to come to terms with himself, to think of the nature of the world in dramatic actions, and to philosophise in music; _what desires_ he still possessed turned in the direction of the _latest philosophical views_.Page 117
In the love of friends his outlook began to glow with brighter colours; his noblest care--the care that his work should be accomplished and should find a refuge before the evening of his life--was not his only preoccupation, something occurred which he could only understand as a symbol: it was as much as a new comfort and a new token of happiness to him.Page 127
Even at the very beginning we know we are watching a host of cross currents dominated by one great violent stream; and though at first this stream moves unsteadily over hidden reefs, and the torrent.Page 137
Or how do the following propositions strike our ears?--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 139
And at the sight of his magnificent development and bloom, the loathing leaves Wotan's soul, and he follows the hero's history with the eye of fatherly love and anxiety.