Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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Chacun veut la même chose, tous
sont égaux: qui a d'autres sentiments va de son plein gré dans la
maison des fous.

"Autrefois tout le monde était fou," - disent ceux qui sont les plus
fins, et ils clignent de l'oeil.

On est prudent et l'on sait tout ce qui est arrivé: c'est ainsi que
l'on peut railler sans fin. On se dispute encore, mais on se
réconcilie bientôt - car on ne veut pas se gâter l'estomac.

On a son petit plaisir pour le jour et son petit plaisir pour la nuit:
mais on respecte la santé.

"Nous avons inventé le bonheur," - disent les derniers hommes, et ils
clignent de l'oeil. -

Ici finit le premier discours de Zarathoustra, celui que l'on appelle
aussi "le prologue": car en cet endroit il fut interrompu par les cris
et la joie de la foule. "Donne-nous ce dernier homme, ô Zarathoustra,
- s'écriaient-ils - rends-nous semblables à ces derniers hommes! Nous
te tiendrons quitte du Surhumain!" Et tout le peuple jubilait et
claquait de la langue. Zarathoustra cependant devint triste et dit à
son coeur:

"Ils ne me comprennent pas: je ne suis pas la bouche qu'il faut à ces
oreilles.

Trop longtemps sans doute j'ai vécu dans les montagnes, j'ai trop
écouté les ruisseaux et les arbres: je leur parle maintenant comme à
des chevriers.

Placide est mon âme et lumineuse comme la montagne au matin. Mais ils
me tiennent pour un coeur froid et pour un bouffon aux railleries
sinistres.

Et les voilà qui me regardent et qui rient: et tandis qu'ils rient ils
me haïssent encore. Il y a de la glace dans leur rire."


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Mais alors il advint quelque chose qui fit taire toutes les bouches et
qui fixa tous les regards. Car pendant ce temps le danseur de corde
s'était mis à l'ouvrage: il était sorti par une petite poterne et
marchait sur la corde tendue entre deux tours, au-dessus de la place
publique et de la foule. Comme il se trouvait juste à mi-chemin, la
petite porte s'ouvrit encore une fois et un gars bariolé qui avait
l'air d'un bouffon sauta dehors et suivit d'un pas rapide le premier.
"En avant, boiteux, cria son horrible voix, en avant paresseux,
sournois, visage blême! Que je ne te chatouille pas de mon talon! Que
fais-tu là entre ces tours? C'est dans la tour que tu devrais être
enfermé; tu barres la route à un meilleur que toi!" - Et à chaque mot
il s'approchait davantage; mais quand il ne fut plus qu'à un pas du
danseur

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