Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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weiss: der
Mensch ist böse, - sondern ich schrie, wie noch Niemand geschrien hat:

"Ach dass sein Bösestes so gar klein ist! Ach dass sein Bestes so gar
klein ist!"

Der grosse Überdruss am Menschen - _der_ würgte mich und war mir in
den Schlund gekrochen: und was der Wahrsager wahrsagte: "Alles ist
gleich, es lohnt sich Nichts, Wissen würgt."

Eine lange Dämmerung hinkte vor mir her, eine todesmüde, todestrunkene
Traurigkeit, welche mit gähnendem Munde redete.

"Ewig kehrt er wieder, der Mensch, dess du müde bist, der kleine
Mensch" - so gähnte meine Traurigkeit und schleppte den Fuss und
konnte nicht einschlafen.

Zur Höhle wandelte sich mir die Menschen-Erde, ihre Brust sank hinein,
alles Lebendige ward mir Menschen-Moder und Knochen und morsche

Mein Seufzen sass auf allen Menschen-Gräbern und konnte nicht mehr
aufstehn; mein Seufzen und Fragen unkte und würgte und nagte und
klagte bei Tag und Nacht:

- "ach, der Mensch kehrt ewig wieder! Der kleine Mensch kehrt ewig
wieder!" -

Nackt hatte ich einst Beide gesehn, den grössten Menschen und den
kleinsten Menschen: allzuähnlich einander, - allzumenschlich auch den
Grössten noch!

Allzuklein der Grösste! - Das war mein Überdruss am Menschen! Und
ewige Wiederkunft auch des Kleinsten! - Das war mein Überdruss an
allem Dasein!

Ach, Ekel! Ekel! Ekel! - - Also sprach Zarathustra und seufzte und
schauderte; denn er erinnerte sich seiner Krankheit. Da liessen ihn
aber seine Thiere nicht weiter reden.

"Sprich nicht weiter, du Genesender! - so antworteten ihm seine
Thiere, sondern geh hinaus, wo die Welt auf dich wartet gleich einem

Geh hinaus zu den Rosen und Bienen und Taubenschwärmen! Sonderlich
aber zu den Singe-Vögeln: dass du ihnen das _Singen_ ablernst!

Singen nämlich ist für Genesende; der Gesunde mag reden. Und wenn auch
der Gesunde Lieder will, will er andre Lieder doch als der Genesende."

- "Oh ihr Schalks-Narren und Drehorgeln, so schweigt doch! -
antwortete Zarathustra und lächelte über seine Thiere. Wie gut ihr
wisst, welchen Trost ich mir selber in sieben Tagen erfand!

Dass ich wieder singen müsse, - _den_ Trost erfand ich mir und _diese_
Genesung: wollt ihr auch daraus gleich wieder ein Leier-Lied machen?"

- "Sprich nicht weiter, antworteten ihm abermals seine Thiere; lieber
noch, du Genesender, mache dir erst eine Leier zurecht, eine neue

Denn siehe doch, oh Zarathustra! Zu deinen neuen Liedern bedarf es
neuer Leiern.

Singe und brause über, oh Zarathustra, heile mit neuen Liedern deine
Seele: dass du dein grosses Schicksal tragest, das noch keines
Menschen Schicksal war!

Denn deine Thiere wissen es wohl, oh Zarathustra, wer du bist und
werden musst: siehe, du bist der Lehrer der ewigen Wiederkunft -, das
ist nun _dein_ Schicksal!

Dass du als der Erste diese Lehre lehren musst,

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