One that stands upright no more!
Thou wilt grow deformed even in thy grave,
And of late still so proud
On all the stilts of thy pride!
Of late still the godless hermit,
The hermit with one comrade--the devil,
The scarlet prince of every devilment!...
Between two nothings
A weary riddle,
A riddle for vultures....
They will "solve" thee,
They hunger already for thy "solution,"
They flutter already about their "riddle,"
About thee, the doomed one!
THE SUN SINKS
Not much longer thirstest thou,
O burnt-up heart!
Promise is in the air,
From unknown mouths I feel a breath,
--The great coolness comes....
My sun stood hot above me at noonday:
A greeting to you that are coming,
Ye sudden winds,
Ye cool spirits of afternoon!
The air is strange and pure.
See how the night
Leers at me with eyes askance,
Like a seducer!...
Be strong, my brave heart,
And ask not "Why?"
The day of my life!
The sun sinks,
And the calm flood
Already is gilded.
Warm breathes the rock:
Did happiness at noonday
Take its siesta well upon it?
In green light
Happiness still glimmers up from the brown abyss
Day of my life!
Thy eye already
Thy dew already
Pours out its tear-drops,
Already over the white seas
What I am now going to relate is the history of the next two centuries.Page 15
(1) As a result, feeble will-power.Page 19
The highest equity and mildness as a condition of _weakness_ (the New Testament and the early Christian community--manifesting itself in the form of utter foolishness in the Englishmen, Darwin and Wallace).Page 59
_Study, emancipation from material things, inactivity, impassibility, absence of passion, solemnity_;--the opposite of all this is found in the _lowest_ type of man.Page 61
Practically speaking, all reason, the.Page 63
which, according to Mohammedans, is a woman's religion.Page 67
The "fig tree" (Matt.Page 75
The founder of a religion _may_ be quite insignificant--a wax vesta and no _more_! 179.Page 98
as typical, would set us down as belonging to a lower class of man.Page 106
" I say of every form of morality: "It is a fruit, and from it I learn the _Soil_ out of which it grew.Page 120
" Our minds to-day are much more inclined to the belief that vice and virtue are not causes but only _effects.Page 144
That is to say, man ultimately forgets that measures are a means to an end, and gets to like them for themselves: they take the place of a goal in his mind, and even become the standard of goals to him--that is to say, _a given species of man_ regards his means of existence as the only legitimate means, as the means which ought to be imposed upon all, as "truth," "goodness," "perfection": the given species, in fact, begins to _tyrannise.Page 147
Every instinct, when it is active, sacrifices strength and other instincts into the bargain: in the end it is stemmed, otherwise it would be the end of everything owing to the waste it would bring about.Page 158
Morality may be regarded as the _illusion of a species,_ fostered with the view of urging the individual to sacrifice himself to the future, and seemingly granting him such a very great value, that with that _self-consciousness_ he may tyrannise over, and constrain, other sides of his nature, and find it difficult to be pleased with himself.Page 175
The great reasonableness underlying all moral education lay in the fact that it always attempted to attain to _the certainty of an instinct_: so that neither good intentions nor good means, as such, first required to enter consciousness.Page 178
Secondly: if man as a matter of fact does not attain to happiness, why is it? Because he mistakes the means thereto.Page 193
I regard the philosophers that have appeared heretofore as _contemptible libertines_ hiding behind the petticoats of the female "Truth.