Early Greek Philosophy & Other Essays Collected Works, Volume Two

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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State, she had to step in as helper; the family as a
makeshift for the State is her work; and in this sense the _artistic
aim_ of the State had to abase itself to the level of a _domestic_ art.
Thereby it has been brought about, that the passion of love, as the
one realm wholly accessible to women, regulates our art to the very
core. Similarly, home-education considers itself so to speak as the
only natural one and suffers State-education only as a questionable
infringement upon the right of home-education: all this is right as
far as the modern State only is concerned.--With that the nature of
woman withal remains unaltered, but her _power_ is, according to the
position which the State takes up with regard to women, a different
one. Women have indeed really the power to make good to a certain
extent the deficiencies of the State--ever faithful to their nature,
which I have compared to sleep. In Greek antiquity they held that
position, which the most supreme will of the State assigned to them:
for that reason they have been glorified as never since. The goddesses
of Greek mythology are their images: the Pythia and the Sibyl, as well
as the Socratic Diotima are the priestesses out of whom divine wisdom
speaks. Now one understands why the proud resignation of the Spartan
woman at the news of her son's death in battle can be no fable. Woman
in relation to the State felt herself in her proper position, therefore
she had more _dignity_ than woman has ever had since. Plato who through
abolishing family and marriage still intensifies the position of woman,
feels now so much _reverence_ towards them, that oddly enough he is
misled by a subsequent statement of their equality with man, to abolish
again the order of rank which is their due: the highest triumph of the
woman of antiquity, to have seduced even the wisest!

As long as the State is still in an embryonic condition woman as
_mother_ preponderates and determines the grade and the manifestations
of Culture: in the same way as woman is destined to complement the
disorganised State. What Tacitus says of German women: _inesse
quin etiam sanctum aliquid et providum putant, nec aut consilia
earum aspernantur aut responsa neglegunt,_ applies on the whole to
all nations not yet arrived at the real State. In such stages one
feels only the more strongly that which at all times becomes again
manifest, that the instincts of woman as the bulwark of the future
generation are invincible and that in her care for the preservation
of the

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Text Comparison with The Case Of Wagner, Nietzsche Contra Wagner, and Selected Aphorisms.

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181-202), and once in the German Pocket Edition, as an appendix to "Human-All-too-Human," Part II.
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his history was that of a double devotion--to Wagner on the one hand, and to his own life task, the Transvaluation of all Values, on the other.
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Their gratitude to Wagner is too great for this.
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{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~}" Preface I am writing this to relieve my mind.
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" With what then does the philosopher have the greatest fight? With all that in him which makes him the child of his time.
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{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} Even God is no exception to this rule, he is very far from thinking "What does it matter to thee whether I love thee or not?"--He becomes terrible if he is not loved in return "_L'amour_--and with this principle one carries one's point against Gods and men--_est de tous les sentiments le plus egoiste, et par consequent, lorsqu'il est blesse, le moins genereux_" (B.
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The reverse would surprise me.
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All these people argue in the same way.
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What concern have we with the irritating brutality of the overture to the "Tannhauser"? Or with the Walkyrie Circus? Whatever has become popular in Wagner's art,.
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--But it is supposed to be so: and thus everything is as it should be.
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Even in his general sketch of the action, Wagner is above all an actor.
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No musician however thinks in this way.
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Wagner is sung only with ruined voices: this has a more "dramatic" effect.
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I contemplate the youthlets who have long been exposed to his infection.
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Here and there, of course, they will be found to have been made a little more intelligible, but above all, more brief.
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Since Wagner had returned to Germany, he had condescended step by step to everything that I despise--even to anti-Semitism.
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{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} 3.
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--But let no one think that one has therefore become a spirit of gloom or a blind owl! Even love of life is still possible,--but it is a _different kind_ of love.
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{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} To-day it seems to us good form not to strip everything naked, not to be present at all things, not to desire to "know" all.
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Mendelssohn who lacked the power of radically staggering one (incidentally this was the talent of the Jews in the Old Testament), makes up for this by the things which were his own, that is to say: freedom within the law, and noble emotions kept within the limits of beauty.