To be thy guest?
A bird of prey, perchance
Joyous at others' misfortune,
Will cling persistent
To the hair of the steadfast watcher,
With frenzied laughter,
A vulture's laughter....
Wherefore so steadfast?
--Mocks he so cruel:
He must have wings, who loves the abyss,
He must not stay on the cliff,
As thou who hangest there!--
Of late still a hunter of God,
A spider's web to capture virtue,
An arrow of evil!
Hunted by thyself,
Thine own prey
Caught in the grip of thine own soul.
Lonely to me and thee,
Twofold in thine own knowledge,
Mid a hundred mirrors
False to thyself,
Mid a hundred memories
Weary at every wound,
Shivering at every frost,
Throttled in thine own noose,
Why didst bind thyself
With the noose of thy wisdom?
Why luredst thyself
Into the old serpent's paradise?
Why stolest into
A sick man now,
Sick of serpent's poison,
A captive now
Who hast drawn the hardest lot:
In thine own shaft
Bowed as thou workest,
In thine own cavern
Digging at thyself,
A cold corse
Overwhelmed with a hundred burdens,
Overburdened by thyself,
The wise Zarathustra!...
Thou soughtest the heaviest burden,
So foundest thou thyself,
And canst not shake thyself off....
"If thou speakest the truth," said he, "I lose nothing when I lose my life.Page 24
All values have already been created, and all created values--do I represent.Page 34
I learned to fly; since then I do not need pushing in order to move from a spot.Page 37
So let me tell you the truth! I know the hatred and envy of your hearts.Page 70
THE TARANTULAS.Page 75
A craving for love is within me, which speaketh itself the language of love.Page 78
-- Oh, ye sights and scenes of my youth! Oh, all ye gleams of love, ye divine fleeting gleams! How could ye perish so soon for me! I think of you to-day as my dead ones.Page 94
A doctrine appeared, a faith ran beside it: 'All is empty, all is alike, all hath been!' And from all hills there re-echoed: 'All is empty, all is alike, all hath been!' To be sure we have harvested: but why have all our fruits become rotten and brown? What was it fell last night from the evil moon? In vain was all our labour, poison hath our wine become, the evil eye hath singed yellow our fields and hearts.Page 111
For in one's heart one loveth only one's child and one's work; and where there is great love to oneself, then is it the sign of pregnancy: so have I found it.Page 126
Down there, however--all talking is in vain! There, forgetting and passing-by are the best wisdom: THAT have I learned now! He who would understand everything in man must handle everything.Page 144
O my brethren, have ye also understood this word? And what I once said of the "last man"?-- With whom lieth the greatest danger to the whole human future? Is it not with the good and just? BREAK UP, BREAK UP, I PRAY YOU, THE GOOD AND JUST!--O my brethren, have ye understood also this word? 28.Page 154
If ever I have drunk a full draught of the foaming spice- and confection-bowl in which all things are well mixed: If ever my hand hath mingled the furthest with the nearest, fire with spirit, joy with sorrow, and the harshest with the kindest: If I myself am a grain of the saving salt which maketh everything in.Page 168
They are petty, good-wooled, good-willed, grey people.Page 178
THE VOLUNTARY BEGGAR.Page 195
Thus is solitude inadvisable unto many.Page 211
There they at last stood still beside one another; all of them old people, but with comforted, brave hearts, and astonished in themselves that it was so well with them on earth; the mystery of the night, however, came nigher and nigher to their hearts.Page 234
The Apostates.Page 244
"I am a law only for mine own," he says emphatically, "I am not a law for all.Page 249