Liege ich hier, von kleinen
Umtänzelt und umspielt,
Insgleichen von noch kleineren
Wünschen und Einfällen,
Umlagert von euch,
Ihr stummen, ihr ahnungsvollen
Dudu und Suleika,
- _umsphinxt_, dass ich in Ein Wort
Viel Gefühle stopfe:
(Vergebe mir Gott
- sitze hier, die beste Luft schnüffelnd,
Lichte leichte Luft, goldgestreifte,
So gute Luft nur je
Vom Monde herabfiel -
Sei es aus Zufall,
Oder geschah es aus Übermuthe?
Wie die alten Dichter erzählen.
Ich Zweifler aber ziehe es
In Zweifel, dafür aber komme ich
Das zweifelsüchtiger ist als alle
Möge Gott es bessern!
Diese schönste Luft trinkend,
Mit Nüstern geschwellt gleich Bechern,
Ohne Zukunft, ohne Erinnerungen,
So sitze ich hier, ihr
Und sehe der Palme zu,
Wie sie, einer Tänzerin gleich,
Sich biegt und schmiegt und in der Hüfte wiegt,
- man thut es mit, sieht man lange zu!
Einer Tänzerin gleich, die, wie mir scheinen will,
Zu lange schon, gefährlich lange
Immer, immer nur auf Einem Beine stand?
- da vergass sie darob, wie mir scheinen will,
Das andre Bein?
Suchte ich das vermisste
- nämlich das andre Bein -
In der heiligen Nähe
Ihres allerliebsten, allerzierlichsten
Fächer- und Flatter- und Flitterröckchens.
ja, wenn ihr mir, ihr schönen Freundinnen,
Ganz glauben wollt:
Sie hat es verloren!
Es ist dahin!
Auf ewig dahin!
Friedrich Nietzsche The Dawn of Day Translated by John McFarland Kennedy Author of "The Quintessence of Nietzsche", "Religions and Philosophers of the East" There are many dawns which have yet to shed their light.Page 35
THE APOSTATE OF THE FREE SPIRIT.Page 40
But who--apart from a few learned men--know that it likewise records the history of one of the most ambitious and importunate souls that ever existed, of a mind full of superstition and cunning: the history of the Apostle Paul? Nevertheless, without this singular history, without the tribulations and passions of such a mind, and of such a soul, there would have been no Christian kingdom; we should have scarcely have even heard of a little Jewish sect, the founder of which died on the Cross.Page 42
The destiny of the Jews, yea, of all mankind, seemed to him to be intertwined with this instantaneous flash of enlightenment: he held the thought of thoughts, the key of keys, the light of lights; history would henceforth revolve round him! For from that time forward he would be the apostle of the _annihilation of the Law_! To be dead to sin--that meant to be dead to the Law also; to be in the flesh--that meant to be under the Law! To be one with Christ--that meant to have become, like Him, the destroyer of the Law; to be dead with Him--that meant likewise to be dead to the Law.Page 44
THE "LIFE AFTER DEATH.Page 62
(For example, when the Christian accustoms himself to think of the presence and scorn of the devil in the course of sensual enjoyment, or everlasting punishment in hell for revenge by murder; or even merely of the contempt which he will meet with from those of his fellow-men whom he most respects, if he steals a sum of money, or if a man has often checked an intense desire for suicide by thinking of the grief and self-reproaches of his relations and friends, and has thus succeeded in balancing himself upon the edge of life: for, after some practice, these ideas follow one another in his mind like cause and effect.Page 68
If by chance it has happened that up to then he has lived in some kind of dangerous fantasy, this extreme disenchantment through pain is the means, and possibly the only means, of extricating him from it.Page 86
It gives some diversion to our minds, makes our hearts full, banishes fear and lethargy, and incites us to speak, to complain, or to act: it is a relative happiness when compared with the misery of the knowledge that hampers the individual on every side, bewilders him, and takes away his breath.Page 95
FORMULA OF OATH.Page 96
--This woman is beautiful and intelligent: alas, how much more intelligent she would have become if she had not been beautiful! 283.Page 156
RIGHT AND LIMITS.Page 159
THE BEST WAY TO PROMISE.Page 166
Such women, on the other hand, though always looking upon themselves as the weak and devoted sex, become proud and conscious of their power in the great exception of passion,--they ask: "Who then is worthy of me?" 404.Page 168
MAKING OTHERS HAPPY.Page 169
Formerly, however, people were so convinced that man was the ultimate end of nature that they believed that knowledge could reveal nothing that was not beneficial and useful to man--nay, there could not, should not be, any other things in existence.Page 170
Thus, for instance, they used the same word to describe the colour of dark hair, of the corn-flower, and the southern sea; and again they employed exactly the same expression for the colour of the greenest herbs, the human skin, honey, and yellow raisins: whence it follows that their greatest painters reproduced the world they lived in only in black, white, red, and yellow.Page 173
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