Ecce Homo Complete Works, Volume Seventeen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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be there again when he was revisiting this small forgotten
world of happiness for the last time. It was on these two roads that
all _Zarathustra_ came to me, above all, Zarathustra himself as a
type--I ought rather to say that it was on these walks that _he waylaid


In order to understand this type, you must first be quite clear
concerning its fundamental physiological condition: this condition
is what I call _great healthiness._ In regard to this idea I cannot
make my meaning more plain or more personal than I have done already
in one of the last aphorisms (No. 382) of the fifth book of the _Gaya
Scienza_: "We new, nameless, and unfathomable creatures," so reads
the passage, "we firstlings of a future still unproved--we who have a
new end in view also require new means to that end, that is to say,
a new healthiness, a stronger, keener, tougher, bolder, and merrier
healthiness than any that has existed heretofore. He who longs to
feel in his own soul the whole range of values and aims that have
prevailed on earth until his day, and to sail round all the coasts
of this ideal 'Mediterranean Sea'; who, from the adventures of his
own inmost experience, would fain know how it feels to be a conqueror
and discoverer of the ideal;--as also how it is with the artist, the
saint, the legislator, the sage, the scholar, the man of piety and the
godlike anchorite of yore;--such a man requires one thing above all
for his purpose, and that is, _great healthiness_--such healthiness as
he not only possesses, but also constantly acquires and must acquire,
because he is continually sacrificing it again, and is compelled to
sacrifice it! And now, therefore, after having been long on the way,
we Argonauts of the ideal, whose pluck is greater than prudence would
allow, and who are often shipwrecked and bruised, but, as I have said,
healthier than people would like to admit, dangerously healthy, and for
ever recovering our health--it would seem as if we had before us, as
a reward for all our toils, a country still undiscovered, the horizon
of which no one has yet seen, a beyond to every country and every
refuge of the ideal that man has ever known, a world so overflowing
with beauty, strangeness, doubt, terror, and divinity, that both our
curiosity and our lust of possession are frantic with eagerness. Alas!
how in the face of such vistas, and with such burning desire in our
conscience and consciousness, could we still be content with _the man
of the present day_?

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Text Comparison with The Will to Power, Book I and II An Attempted Transvaluation of all Values

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The development of _Nihilism out of Pessimism.
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_The most common types of decadence_: (1) In the belief that they are remedies, cures are chosen which only precipitate exhaustion;--this is the case with Christianity (to point to the most egregious example of mistaken instinct);--this is also the case with "progress.
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which might be given to evil and even to existence.
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*** What do we mean to-day by the words "botched and bungled"? In the first place, they are used _physiologically_ and not politically.
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But these eyes have always seen in the same way, in all ages.
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Oh, the regal liberality with which he has lavished gifts upon things in order _to impoverish_ himself and make himself feel wretched! Hitherto, this has been his greatest disinterestedness, that he admired and worshipped, and knew how to conceal from himself that _he_ it was who had created what he admired.
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In this way, the proverbial concept "conscience" is created: an inner voice, which, though it makes itself heard in regard to every action, does not measure the worth of that action according to its results, but according to its conformity or non-conformity to the "law.
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The egregious _lie_ of history: as if it were the _corruption_ of Paganism that opened the road to Christianity.
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The only way to refute priests and religions is this: to show that their errors are no longer _beneficent_--that they are rather harmful; in short, that their own "proof of power" no longer holds good.
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Proposition III.
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" (2) Morality may be a preservative measure mitigating the inner danger threatening man from the direction of his passions: it is useful to "_mediocre people_.
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Hegel's value: "Passion.
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The instincts of the habitually suffering, who require a noble interpretation of their condition, and who therefore require to be as poor physiologists as possible.
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Everything in Socrates is exaggeration, eccentricity, caricature; he is a buffoon with the blood of Voltaire in his veins.