Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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toi,_ comment saurais-je pardonner

Ainsi parle tout grand amour: il surmonte même le pardon et la pitié.

Il faut contenir son coeur; car si on le laisse aller, combien vite on
perd la tête!

Hélas! où fit-on sur la terre plus de folies que parmi les
miséricordieux, et qu'est-ce qui fit plus de mal sur la terre que la
folie des miséricordieux?

Malheur à tous ceux qui aiment sans avoir une hauteur qui est au-dessus
de leur pitié!

Ainsi me dit un jour le diable: "Dieu aussi a son enfer: c'est son
amour des hommes."

Et dernièrement je l'ai entendu dire ces mots: "Dieux est mort; c'est
sa pitié des hommes qui a tué Dieux." -

Gardez-vous donc de la pitié: c'est _elle_ qui finira par amasser sur
l'homme un lourd nuage! En vérité, je connais les signes du temps!

Retenez aussi cette parole: tout grand amour est au-dessus de sa pitié:
car ce qu'il aime, il veut aussi le - créer!

"Je m'offre moi-même à mon amour, _et mon prochain tout comme moi_" -
ainsi parlent tous les créateurs.

Cependant, tous les créateurs sont durs. -

Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra.


Un jour Zarathoustra fit une parabole à ses disciples et il leur parla

"Voici des prêtres: et bien que ce soient mes ennemis, passez devant
eux silencieusement et l'épée au fourreau!

Parmi eux aussi il y a des héros; beaucoup d'entre eux ont trop
souffert -: c'est pourquoi ils veulent faire souffrir les autres.

Ils sont de dangereux ennemis: rien n'est plus vindicatif que leur
humilité. Et il peut arriver que celui qui les attaque se souille

Mais mon sang est parent du leur; et je veux que mon sang soit honoré
même dans le leur." -

Et lorsqu'ils eurent passé, Zarathoustra fut saisi de douleur; puis,
après avoir lutté quelque temps avec sa douleur, il commença à parler

Ces prêtres me font pitié. Ils me sont encore antipathiques: mais
depuis que je suis parmi les hommes, c'est là pour moi la moindre des

Pourtant je souffre et j'ai souffert avec eux: prisonniers, à mes yeux,
ils portent la marque des réprouvés. Celui qu'ils appellent Sauveur
les a mis aux fers: -

Aux fers des valeurs fausses et des paroles illusoires! Ah, que
quelqu'un les sauve de leur Sauveur!

Alors que la mer les démontait, ils crurent un jour atterrir à une île;
mais voici, c'était un monstre endormi!

Les fausses valeurs et les paroles illusoires: voilà, pour les mortels,
les monstres les plus dangereux, - longtemps la destinée sommeille et
attend en eux.

Mais enfin elle s'est éveillée, elle s'approche et dévore ce qui sur
elle s'est construit

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