Ecce Homo Complete Works, Volume Seventeen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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from woes
(Choose now I)
Sudden death
Or long-drawn-out love.


Of death we are sure,
So why not be merry?


The worst of pleas
I have hidden from you--that life grew tedious!
Throw it away, that ye find it again to your taste!


Lonely days,
Ye must walk on valorous feet!


Plants naught, it ripens....
And even then you must have the sun for your


Once more must ye plunge in the throng--In
the throng ye grow hard and smooth.
Solitude withers
And lastly destroys.--


When on the hermit comes the great fear;
When he runs and runs
And knows not whither;
When the storms roar behind
And the lightning bears witness against him,
And his cavern breeds spectres
And fills him with dread.


Throw thy pain in the depths,
Man, forget! Man, forget!
Divine is the art of forgetting!
Wouldst fly?
Wouldst feel at home in the heights?
Throw thy heaviest load in the sea!
Here is the sea, hurl thyself in the sea!
Divine is the art of forgetting!


Look forward, never look back!
We sink to the depths
If we peer ever into the depths.


Beware, beware
Of warning the reckless!
Thy warning will drive them
To leap into every abyss!


Why hurled he himself from the heights?
What led him astray?
His pity for all that is lowly led him astray,

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