Early Greek Philosophy & Other Essays Collected Works, Volume Two

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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finding their own form and in
perfecting it by metamorphosis in its most minute details and general
aspect. For they were met by no helpful and facilitating fashion. Thus
together they form what Schopenhauer, in opposition to the Republic of
Scholars, has called a Republic of Geniuses; one giant calls to another
across the arid intervals of ages, and, undisturbed by a wanton, noisy
race of dwarfs, creeping about beneath them, the sublime intercourse of
spirits continues.

Of this sublime intercourse of spirits I have resolved to relate those
items which our modern hardness of hearing might perhaps hear and
understand; that means certainly the least of all. It seems to me
that those old sages from Thales to Socrates have discussed in that
intercourse, although in its most general aspect, everything that
constitutes for our contemplation the peculiarly Hellenic. In their
intercourse, as already in their personalities, they express distinctly
the great features of Greek genius of which the whole of Greek history
is a shadowy impression, a hazy copy, which consequently speaks less
clearly. If we could rightly interpret the total life of the Greek
nation, we should ever find reflected only that picture which in her
highest geniuses shines with more resplendent colours. Even the first
experience of philosophy on Greek soil, the sanction of the Seven Sages
is a distinct and unforgettable line in the picture of the Hellenic.
Other nations have their Saints, the Greeks have Sages. Rightly it has
been said that a nation is characterised not only by her great men
but rather by the manner in which she recognises and honours them. In
other ages the philosopher is an accidental solitary wanderer in the
most hostile environment, either slinking through or pushing himself
through with clenched fists. With the Greek however the philosopher is
not accidental; when in the Sixth and Fifth centuries amidst the most
frightful dangers and seductions of secularisation he appears and as
it were steps forth from the cave of Trophonios into the very midst of
luxuriance, the discoverers' happiness, the wealth and the sensuousness
of the Greek colonies, then we divine that he comes as a noble warner
for the same purpose for which in those centuries Tragedy was born
and which the Orphic mysteries in their grotesque hieroglyphics give
us to understand. The opinion of those philosophers on Life and
Existence altogether means so much more than a modern opinion because
they had before themselves Life in a luxuriant perfection, and because
with them, unlike us, the sense of the thinker was not muddled by
the disunion engendered by the wish for freedom, beauty, fulness

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Ich brauche nur irgend einen "Gebildeten" zu sprechen, der im Sommer ins Oberengadin kommt, um mich zu überzeugen, dass ich nicht lebe.
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Ein Nordwind bin ich reifen Feigen.
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Man hat nirgendswo sonst diese Leidenschaft in.
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Es gelingt mir nicht, feierlich zu werden, ich bringe es höchstens bis zur Verlegenheit.
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In einem solchen Zustande empfand ich einmal die Nähe einer Kuhheerde, durch Wiederkehr milderer, menschenfreundlicherer Gedanken, noch bevor ich sie sah: das hat Wärme in sich.
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Eine Begierde nach Liebe ist in mir, die redet selber die Sprache der Liebe.
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Allmählich mehr Unruhe; vereinzeltes Wetterleuchten; sehr unangenehme Wahrheiten aus der Ferne her mit dumpfem Gebrumm laut werdend, - bis endlich ein tempo feroce erreicht ist, wo Alles mit ungeheurer Spannung vorwärts treibt.
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Wenn das Heerdenthier im Glanze der reinsten Tugend strahlt, so muss der Ausnahme-Mensch zum Bösen heruntergewerthet sein.
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