qui m'enveloppe souvent.
Je suis assis devant le portique pour tous les coquins et je demande:
Qui veut me tromper?
Ceci est ma première sagesse humaine de me laisser tromper, pour ne pas
être obligé de me tenir sur mes gardes à cause des trompeurs.
Hélas! si j'étais sur mes gardes devant l'homme, comment l'homme
pourrait-il être une ancre pour mon ballon! Je serais trop facilement
arraché, attiré en haut et au loin!
Qu'il faille que je sois sans prudence, c'est là la providence qui est
au-dessus de ma destinée.
Et celui qui ne veut pas mourir de soif parmi les hommes doit apprendre
à boire dans tous les verres; et qui veut rester pur parmi les hommes
doit apprendre à se laver avec de l'eau sale.
Et voici ce que je me suis souvent dit pour me consoler: "Eh bien!
Allons! Vieux coeur! Un malheur ne t'a pas réussi: jouis-en comme
d'un - bonheur!"
Cependant ceci est mon autre sagesse humaine: je ménage les _vaniteux_
plus que les fiers.
La vanité blessée n'est-elle pas mère de toutes les tragédies? Mais où
la fierté est blessée, croît quelque chose de meilleur qu'elle.
Pour que la vie soit bonne à regarder il faut que son jeu soit bien
joué: mais pour cela il faut de bons acteurs.
J'ai trouvé bons acteurs tous les vaniteux: ils jouent et veulent qu'on
aime à les regarder, - tout leur esprit est dans cette volonté.
Ils se représentent, ils s'inventent; auprès d'eux j'aime à regarder la
vie, - ainsi se guérit la mélancolie.
C'est pourquoi je ménage les vaniteux, puisqu'ils sont les médecins de
ma mélancolie, et puisqu'ils m'attachent à l'homme comme à un spectacle.
Et puis: qui mesure dans toute sa profondeur la modestie du vaniteux!
Je veux du bien au vaniteux et j'ai pitié de lui à cause de sa modestie.
C'est de vous qu'il veut apprendre la foi en soi-même; il se nourrit de
vos regards, c'est dans votre main qu'il cueille l'éloge.
Il aime à croire en vos mensonges, dès que vous mentez bien sur son
compte: car au fond de son coeur il soupire: "Que suis-_je_?"
Et si la vraie vertu est celle qui ne sait rien d'elle-même, eh bien!
le vaniteux ne sait rien de sa modestie! -
Mais ceci est ma troisième sagesse humaine que je ne laisse pas votre
timidité me dégoûter de la vue des _méchants._
Je suis bienheureux de voir les miracles que fait éclore l'ardent
soleil: ce sont des tigres, des palmiers et des serpents à sonnettes.
Parmi les hommes aussi il y a de belles couvées d'ardent soleil et
" For it may be doubted, firstly, whether antitheses exist at all; and secondly, whether the popular valuations and antitheses of value upon which metaphysicians have set their seal, are not perhaps merely superficial estimates, merely provisional perspectives, besides being probably made from some corner, perhaps from below--"frog perspectives," as it were, to borrow an expression current among painters.Page 8
It seems to me that there is everywhere an attempt at present to divert attention from the actual influence which Kant exercised on German philosophy, and especially to ignore prudently the value which he set upon himself.Page 29
The world seen from within, the world defined and designated according to its "intelligible character"--it would simply be "Will to Power," and nothing else.Page 34
In order, for instance, to divine and determine what sort of history the problem of KNOWLEDGE AND CONSCIENCE has hitherto had in the souls of homines religiosi, a person would perhaps himself have to possess as profound, as bruised, as immense an experience as the intellectual conscience of Pascal; and then he would still require that wide-spread heaven of clear, wicked spirituality, which, from above, would be able to oversee, arrange, and effectively formulize this mass of dangerous and painful experiences.Page 40
The distance, and as it were the space around man, grows with the strength of his intellectual vision and insight: his world becomes profounder; new stars, new enigmas, and notions are ever coming into view.Page 45
But worse still.Page 52
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Hear, for instance, with what innocence--almost worthy of honour--Schopenhauer represents his own task, and draw your conclusions concerning the scientificness of a "Science" whose latest master still talks in the strain of children and old wives: "The principle," he says (page 136 of the Grundprobleme der Ethik), [Footnote: Pages 54-55 of Schopenhauer's Basis of Morality, translated by Arthur B.Page 65
MORALITY IN EUROPE AT PRESENT IS HERDING-ANIMAL MORALITY, and therefore, as we understand the matter, only one kind of human morality, beside which, before which, and after which many other moralities, and above all HIGHER moralities, are or should be possible.Page 66
We, who hold a different belief--we, who regard the democratic movement, not only as a degenerating form of.Page 67
To teach man the future of humanity as his WILL, as depending on human will, and to make preparation for vast hazardous enterprises and collective attempts in rearing and educating, in order thereby to put an end to the frightful rule of folly and chance which has hitherto gone by the name of "history" (the folly of the "greatest number" is only its last form)--for that purpose a new type of philosopher and commander will some time or other be needed, at the very idea of which everything that has existed in the way of occult, terrible, and benevolent beings might look pale and dwarfed.Page 76
The time for petty politics is past; the next century will bring the struggle for the dominion of the world--the COMPULSION to great politics.Page 79
Woman wishes to be independent, and therefore she begins to enlighten men about "woman as she is"--THIS is one of the worst developments of the general UGLIFYING of Europe.Page 107
What a torture are books written in German to a reader who has a THIRD ear! How indignantly he stands beside the slowly turning swamp of sounds without tune and rhythms without dance, which Germans call a "book"! And even the German who READS books! How lazily, how reluctantly, how badly he reads! How many Germans know, and consider it obligatory to know, that there is ART in every good sentence--art which must be divined, if the sentence is to be understood! If there is a misunderstanding about its TEMPO, for instance, the sentence itself is misunderstood! That one must not be doubtful about the rhythm-determining syllables, that one should feel the breaking of the too-rigid symmetry as intentional and as a charm, that one should lend a fine and patient ear to every STACCATO and every RUBATO, that one should divine the sense in the sequence of the vowels and diphthongs, and how delicately and richly they can be tinted and retinted in the order of their arrangement--who among book-reading Germans is complaisant enough to recognize such duties and requirements, and to listen to so much art and intention in language? After all, one just "has no ear for it"; and so the most marked contrasts of style are not heard, and the most delicate artistry is as it were SQUANDERED on the deaf.Page 117
He may even have been a sin against Romanticism, this anti-Latin Siegfried: well, Wagner atoned amply for this sin in his old sad days, when--anticipating a taste which has meanwhile passed into politics--he began, with the religious vehemence peculiar to him, to preach, at least, THE WAY TO ROME, if not to walk therein.Page 122
On the other hand, THOSE qualities which serve to alleviate the existence of sufferers are brought into prominence and flooded with light; it is here that sympathy, the kind, helping hand, the warm heart, patience, diligence, humility, and friendliness attain to honour; for here these are the most useful qualities, and almost the only means of supporting the burden of existence.Page 125
" The dangerous and disquieting point has been reached when the greater, more manifold, more comprehensive life IS LIVED BEYOND the old morality; the "individual" stands out, and is obliged to have recourse to his own law-giving, his own arts and artifices for self-preservation, self-elevation, and self-deliverance.Page 131
discoverer, are disguised in their creations until they are unrecognizable; the "work" of the artist, of the philosopher, only invents him who has created it, is REPUTED to have created it; the "great men," as they are reverenced, are poor little fictions composed afterwards; in the world of historical values spurious coinage PREVAILS.Page 134
The eternal, fatal "Too late!" The melancholia of everything COMPLETED--! 278.