Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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der heranhinkt, zu segnen, was er
nicht zusammenfügte!

Lacht mir nicht über solche Ehen! Welches Kind hätte nicht Grund, über
seine Eltern zu weinen?

Würdig schien mir dieser Mann und reif für den Sinn der Erde: aber als
ich sein Weib sah, schien mir die Erde ein Haus für Unsinnige.

Ja, ich wollte, dass die Erde in Krämpfen bebte, wenn sich ein
Heiliger und eine Gans mit einander paaren.

Dieser gieng wie ein Held auf Wahrheiten aus und endlich erbeutete er
sich eine kleine geputzte Lüge. Seine Ehe nennt er's.

Jener war spröde im Verkehre und wählte wählerisch. Aber mit Einem
Male verdarb er für alle Male seine Gesellschaft: seine Ehe nennt
er's.

Jener suchte eine Magd mit den Tugenden eines Engels. Aber mit Einem
Male wurde er die Magd eines Weibes, und nun thäte es Noth, dass er
darüber noch zum Engel werde.

Sorgsam fand ich jetzt alle Käufer, und Alle haben listige Augen. Aber
seine Frau kauft auch der Listigste noch im Sack.

Viele kurze Thorheiten - das heisst bei euch Liebe. Und eure Ehe macht
vielen kurzer Thorheiten ein Ende, als Eine lange Dummheit.

Eure Liebe zum Weibe und des Weibes Liebe zum Manne: ach, möchte sie
doch Mitleiden sein mit leidenden und verhüllten Göttern! Aber zumeist
errathen zwei Thiere einander.

Aber auch noch eure beste Liebe ist nur ein verzücktes Gleichniss und
eine schmerzhafte Gluth. Eine Fackel ist sie, die euch zu höheren
Wegen leuchten soll.

Über euch hinaus sollt ihr einst lieben! So _lernt_ erst lieben! Und
darum musstet ihr den bittern Kelch eurer Liebe trinken.

Bitterniss ist im Kelch auch der besten Liebe: so macht sie Sehnsucht
zum Übermenschen, so macht sie Durst dir, dem Schaffenden!

Durst dem Schaffenden, Pfeil und Sehnsucht zum Übermenschen: sprich,
mein Bruder, ist diess dein Wille zur Ehe?

Heilig heisst mir solch ein Wille und solche Ehe. -

Also sprach Zarathustra.


Vom freien Tode

Viele sterben zu spät, und Einige sterben zu früh. Noch klingt fremd
die Lehre: "stirb zur rechten Zeit!"

Stirb zur rechten Zeit: also lehrt es Zarathustra.

Freilich, wer nie zur rechten Zeit lebt, wie sollte der je zur rechten
Zeit sterben? Möchte er doch nie geboren sein! - Also rathe ich den
Überflüssigen.

Aber auch die Überflüssigen thun noch wichtig mit ihrem Sterben, und
auch die hohlste Nuss will noch geknackt sein.

Wichtig nehmen Alle das Sterben: aber noch ist der Tod kein Fest. Noch
erlernten die Menschen nicht, wie man die schönsten Feste weiht.

Den vollbringenden Tod zeige ich euch, der den Lebenden ein Stachel
und ein Gelöbniss wird.

Seinen Tod stirbt der Vollbringende, siegreich, umringt von Hoffenden
und Gelobenden.

Also sollte man sterben lernen; und es sollte kein Fest geben, wo ein
solcher

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