Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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Hoher! Das ist mir nun deine Reinheit,
dass es keine ewige Vernunft-Spinne und -Spinnennetze giebt: -

- dass du mir ein Tanzboden bist für göttliche Zufälle, dass du mir
ein Göttertisch bist für göttliche Würfel und Würfelspieler! -

Doch du erröthest? Sprach ich Unaussprechbares? Lästerte ich, indem
ich dich segnen wollte?

Oder ist es die Scham zu Zweien, welche dich erröthen machte? -
Heissest du mich gehn und schweigen, weil nun - der _Tag_ kommt?

Die Welt ist tief -: und tiefer als je der Tag gedacht hat. Nicht
Alles darf vor dem Tage Worte haben. Aber der Tag kommt: so scheiden
wir nun!

Oh Himmel über mir, du Schamhafter! Glühender! Oh du mein Glück vor
Sonnen-Aufgang! Der Tag kommt: so scheiden wir nun! -

Also sprach Zarathustra.

Von der verkleinernden Tugend


Als Zarathustra wieder auf dem festen Lande war, gieng er nicht
stracks auf sein Gebirge und seine Höhle los, sondern that viele Wege
und Fragen und erkundete diess und das, also, dass er von sich selber
im Scherze sagte: "siehe einen Fluss, der in vielen Windungen zurück
zur Quelle fliesst!" Denn er wollte in Erfahrung bringen, was sich
inzwischen _mit_dem_Menschen_ zugetragen habe: ob er grösser oder
kleiner geworden sei. Und ein Mal sah er eine Reihe neuer Häuser; da
wunderte er sich und sagte:

"Was bedeuten diese Häuser? Wahrlich, keine grosse Seele stellte sie
hin, sich zum Gleichnisse!

Nahm wohl ein blödes Kind sie aus seiner Spielschachtel? Dass doch ein
anderes Kind sie wieder in seine Schachtel thäte!

Und diese Stuben und Kammern: können _Männer_ da aus- und eingehen?
Gemacht dünken sie mich für Seiden-Puppen; oder für Naschkatzen, die
auch wohl an sich naschen lassen."

Und Zarathustra blieb stehn und dachte nach. Endlich sagte er betrübt:
"Es ist _Alles_ kleiner geworden!

Überall sehe ich niedrigere Thore: wer _meiner_ Art ist, geht da wohl
noch hindurch, aber - er muss sich bücken!

Oh wann komme ich wieder in meine Heimat, wo ich mich nicht mehr
bücken muss - nicht mehr bücken muss vor den Kleinen!" - Und
Zarathustra seufzte und blickte in die Ferne. -

Desselbigen Tages aber redete er seine Rede über die verkleinernde


Ich gehe durch diess Volk und halte meine Augen offen: sie vergeben
mir es nicht, dass ich auf ihre Tugenden nicht neidisch bin.

Sie beissen nach mir, weil ich zu ihnen sage: für kleine Leute sind
kleine Tugenden nöthig - und weil es mir hart eingeht, dass kleine
Leute _nöthig_ sind!

Noch gleiche ich dem Hahn hier auf fremdem Gehöfte, nach dem auch die
Hennen beissen; doch darob bin ich diesen Hennen nicht ungut.

Ich bin höflich gegen sie wie gegen alles kleine Ärgerniss; gegen das
Kleine stachlicht zu sein

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