ehe Jemand ihm antwortete,
hatte er schon die Harfe des alten Zauberers ergriffen, die Beine
gekreuzt und blickte gelassen und weise um sich: - mit den Nüstern
aber zog er langsam und fragend die Luft ein, wie Einer, der in neuen
Ländern neue fremde Luft kostet. Darauf hob er mit einer Art Gebrüll
zu singen an.
Die Wüste wächst: weh Dem, der Wüsten birgt!
- Ha! Feierlich!
In der That feierlich!
Ein würdiger Anfang!
Eines Löwen würdig,
Oder eines moralischen Brüllaffen -
- aber Nichts für euch,
Ihr allerliebsten Freundinnen,
Zu deren Füssen mir
Zum ersten Male,
Einem Europäer, unter Palmen
Zu sitzen vergönnt ist. Sela.
Da sitze ich nun,
Der Wüste nahe und bereits
So fern wieder der Wüste,
Auch in Nichts noch verwüstet:
Von dieser kleinsten Oasis -:
- sie sperrte gerade gähnend
Ihr liebliches Maul auf.
Das wohlriechendste aller Mäulchen:
Da fiel ich hinein,
Hinab, hindurch - unter euch,
Ihr allerliebsten Freundinnen! Sela.
Heil, Heil jenem Wallfische,
Wenn er also es seinem Gaste
Wohl sein liess! - ihr versteht
Meine gelehrte Anspielung?
Heil seinem Bauche,
Wenn er also
Ein so lieblicher Oasis-Bauch war
Gleich diesem: was ich aber in Zweifel ziehe,
- dafür komme ich aus Europa,
Das zweifelsüchtiger ist als alle
Möge Gott es bessern!
Da sitze ich nun,
In dieser kleinsten Oasis,
Einer Dattel gleich,
Braun, durchsüsst, goldschwürig, lüstern
Nach einem runden Mädchenmunde,
Mehr noch aber nach mädchenhaften
Eiskalten schneeweissen schneidigen
Beisszähnen: nach denen nämlich
Lechzt das Herz allen heissen Datteln. Sela.
Den genannten Südfrüchten
tough and stubborn race.Page 11
His old and haggard face is lighting up, his stooped figure suddenly becomes more erect, and a tear of joy is seen running over his pale cheek into that.Page 14
The same problem may possibly face the reader on every page of this essay: if, however, we realise Nietzsche's purpose, if we understand his struggle to be one against "Culture-Philistinism" in general, as a stemming, stultifying and therefore degenerate factor, and regard David Strauss--as the author himself did, that is to say, simply as a glass, focusing the whole light of our understanding upon the main theme--then the Strauss paper is seen to be one of such enormous power, and its aim appears to us so lofty, that, whatever our views may be concerning the nature of the person assailed, we are forced to conclude that, to Nietzsche at least, he was but the incarnation and concrete example of the evil and danger then threatening to overtake his country, which it was the object of this essay to expose.Page 20
more and more doubtful; for I realise how fully convinced every one is that such a struggle and such bravery are no longer requisite; on the contrary, that most things are regulated as satisfactorily as they possibly can be--or, at all events, that everything of moment has long ago been discovered and accomplished: in a word, that the seed of culture is already sown everywhere, and is now either shooting up its fresh green blades, or, here and there, even bursting forth into luxuriant blossom.Page 23
The incongruity is not even acknowledged to exist.Page 39
The Master was moreover of the opinion that our orchestra is too good to perform Haydn, and that only the most unpretentious amateurs can do justice to that music--a further proof that he was referring to some other artist and some other work, possibly to Riehl's.Page 44
" This judgment of Strauss's concerning Kant did not strike me as being more modest than the one concerning Schopenhauer.Page 50
We read on page 255: "And that other saying of Lessing's--'If God, holding truth in His right hand, and in His left only the ever-living desire for it, although on condition of perpetual error, left him the choice of the two, he would, considering that truth belongs to God alone, humbly seize His left hand, and beg its contents for Himself'--this saying of Lessing's has always been accounted one of the most magnificent which he has left us.Page 53
In this way, the extraordinary success of his book is partly explained: "Thus we live and hold on our way in joy," the scholar cries in his book, and delights to see others rejoicing over the announcement.Page 58
But this fact only tends to increase his admiration for honesty in another.Page 65
" X.Page 69
The language of these journals gradually stamps itself on his brain, by means of its steady drip, drip, drip of similar phrases and similar words.Page 70
But woe to the stylist with character, who seeks as earnestly and perseveringly to avoid the trite phrases of everyday parlance, as the "yester-night monster blooms of modern ink-flingers," as Schopenhauer says! When platitudes, hackneyed, feeble, and vulgar phrases are the rule, and the bad and the corrupt become refreshing exceptions, then all that is strong, distinguished, and beautiful perforce acquires an evil odour.Page 77
To us who are more confident, it is clear that he believes as strongly in the greatness of his feat as in the greatness of feeling in those who are to witness it.Page 94
We cannot be happy so long as everything about us suffers and causes suffering; we cannot be moral so long as the course of human events is determined by violence, treachery, and injustice; we cannot even be wise, so long as the whole of mankind does not compete for wisdom, and does not lead the individual to the most sober and reasonable form of life and knowledge.Page 107
by which he compelled them to understand him, by which he compelled the masses to understand him.Page 120
It scarcely need be said that it is the breath of tragedy that fills the lungs of the world.Page 121
It were perhaps possible for a philosopher to present us with its exact equivalent in pure thought, and to purge it of all pictures drawn from life, and of all living actions, in which case we should be in possession of the same thing portrayed in two completely different forms--the one for the people, and the other for the very reverse of the people; that is to say, men of theory.Page 127
His music is never vague or dreamy; everything that is allowed to speak through it, whether it be of man or of nature, has a strictly individual passion; storm and fire acquire the ruling power of a personal will in his hands.Page 130
These adversaries are to be pitied: they imagine they lose a great deal when they lose themselves, but here they are mistaken.