to my hell
I'll pave the way myself with well-made maxims.
Your God, you tell me,
Is a God of love?
The sting of conscience
A sting from God?
A sting of love?
They chew gravel,
They lie on their bellies
Before little round things,
They adore all that falleth not down--
These last servants of God
Believers (in reality)!
They made their God out of nothing,
What wonder if now he is naught?
Ye loftier men! There have once been
More thoughtful times, more reflective,
Than is our to-day and to-morrow.
Our time is like a sick woman--
Let her but shriek, rave, scold,
And break the tables and dishes!
Is it true that ye mount,
Ye loftier men?
Are ye not, pray,
Like to a ball
Sped to the heights
By the lowest that's in you?
Do ye not flee from yourselves, O ye climbers?
All that you thought
You had to despise,
Where you only renounced!
All men repeat the refrain!
No, no, and thrice say No!
What's all this yap-yap talk of heaven?
We would not enter the kingdom of heaven,
The kingdom of earth shall be ours?
The will redeemeth,
He that has nothing to do
In a Nothing finds food for trouble.
You cannot endure it more,
Your tyrannous destiny,
Love it--you're given no choice!
These alone free us
THE HARMLESSNESS OF METAPHYSICS IN THE FUTURE.Page 17
NO INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL IN THE WORLD.Page 22
turn round the end of the course.Page 24
The seeking, on the contrary, to prolong existence from day to day, with anxious consultation of doctors and painful mode of living, without the power of drawing nearer to the actual aim of life, is far less worthy.Page 59
The one who acts certainly labours under the illusion of voluntariness; if the world's wheel were to stand still for a moment and an all-knowing, calculating reason were there to make use of this pause, it could foretell the future of every creature to the remotest times, and mark out every track upon which that wheel would continue to roll.Page 64
On the other hand, there is no _consensus omnium sapientium,_ with regard to any single thing, with that exception mentioned in Goethe's lines: "Alle die Weisesten aller der Zeiten LÃ¤cheln und winken und stimmen mit ein: ThÃ¶richt, auf Bess'rung der Thoren zu harren! Kinder der Klugheit, o habet die Narren Eben zum Narren auch, wie sich's gehÃ¶rt!" Spoken without verse and rhyme and applied to our case, the _consensus sapientium_ consists in this: that the _consensus gentium_ counts as a folly.Page 67
In order to obtain by force the missing favour of their god the lower classes in China wind cords round the image of the one who has left them in the lurch, pull it down and drag it through the streets in the dust and the dirt: "You dog of a spirit," they say, "we gave you a magnificent temple to live in, we gilded you prettily, we fed you well, we offered you sacrifice, and yet you are so ungrateful.Page 68
--As soon as a religion triumphs it has for its enemies all those who would have been its first.Page 149
PRESUMPTION IN DEMANDING PITY.Page 153
The arrogant man can make his really great merit so suspicious and small in the eyes of others that they tread on it with dusty feet.Page 156
--Betrothed couples who have been matched by convenience often exert themselves _to fall in love,_ to avoid the reproach of cold, calculating expediency.Page 169
But apart from these public hecatombs, and in reality much more horrible, there is a drama which is constantly being performed simultaneously in a hundred thousand acts; every able, industrious, intellectually striving man of a nation that thus covets political laurels, is swayed by this covetousness, and no longer belongs entirely to himself alone as he did formerly; the new daily questions and cares of the public welfare devour a daily tribute of the intellectual and emotional capital of every citizen; the sum of all these sacrifices and losses of, individual energy and labour is so enormous, that the political growth of a nation almost necessarily entails an intellectual impoverishment and lassitude, a diminished capacity for the performance of works that require great concentration and specialisation.Page 185
But he certainly wants to observe and keep his eyes open to whatever actually happens in the world; therefore he cannot attach his heart too firmly to anything individual; he must have in himself something wandering that takes pleasure in change and transitoriness.Page 208
AMONG FRIENDS.Page 210
Thus, my friends, shall it obtain? Amen! Till we meet again.