"Wretched am I that my hand may never rest from giving: an envious fate
is mine that I see expectant eyes and nights made bright with longing.
"Oh, the wretchedness of all them that give! Oh, the clouds that cover
the face of my sun! That craving for desire! that burning hunger at the
end of the feast!
"They take what I give them; but do I touch their soul? A gulf is there
'twixt giving and taking; and the smallest gulf is the last to be
"An appetite is born from out my beauty: would that I might do harm to
them that I fill with light; would that I might rob them of the gifts I
have given:--thus do I thirst for wickedness.
"To withdraw my hand when their hand is ready stretched forth like the
waterfall that wavers, wavers even in its fall:--thus do I thirst for
"For such vengeance doth my fulness yearn: to such tricks doth my
loneliness give birth.
"My joy in giving died with the deed. By its very fulness did my virtue
grow weary of itself.
"He who giveth risketh to lose his shame; he that is ever distributing
groweth callous in hand and heart therefrom.
"Mine eyes no longer melt into tears at the sight of the suppliant's
shame; my hand hath become too hard to feel the quivering of laden
"Whither have ye fled, the tears of mine eyes and the bloom of my
heart? Oh, the solitude of all givers! Oh, the silence of all beacons!
"Many are the suns that circle in barren space; to all that is dark do
they speak with their light--to me alone are they silent.
"Alas, this is the hatred of light for that which shineth: pitiless it
runneth its course.
"Unfair in its inmost heart to that which shineth; cold toward
suns,--thus doth every sun go its way.
"Like a tempest do the suns fly over their course: for such is their
way. Their own unswerving will do they follow: that is their coldness.
"Alas, it is ye alone, ye creatures of gloom, ye spirits of the night,
that take your warmth from that which shineth. Ye alone suck your milk
and comfort from the udders of light.
"Alas, about me there is ice, my hand burneth itself against ice!
"Alas, within me is a thirst that thirsteth for your thirst!
"It is night: woe is me, that I must needs be light! And thirst after
darkness! And loneliness!
"It is night: now doth my longing burst forth like a spring,--for
speech do I long.
"It is night: now do
" Everything in him is exaggerated, _buffo,_ caricature, his nature is also full of concealment, of ulterior motives, and of underground currents.Page 11
All such proffering of one's reasons was looked upon with suspicion.Page 30
" In this book the task is set of rearing no less than four races at once: a priestly race, a warrior race, a merchant and agricultural race, and finally a race of servants--the Sudras.Page 32
" I fear this was the death-blow to German philosophy.Page 40
proof of the strength and profundity of this dominion.Page 46
He who would try to divorce it from the delight man finds in his fellows, would immediately lose his footing.Page 47
In both cases an inference is drawn; the premises to which are stored with extra ordinary abundance in the instincts.Page 55
One falls a victim to it in the same way as one falls a victim to cholera; one must already be predisposed to the disease.Page 59
By showing ever more and more favour to love-marriages, the very foundation of matrimony, that which alone makes it an institution, has been undermined.Page 76
the outcome of the most different cultures, and in these a _higher type_ certainly manifests itself: something which by the side of mankind in general, represents a kind of superman.Page 94
From the psychological standpoint, in every society organised upon a hieratic basis, "sins" are indispensable: they are the actual weapons of power, the priest _lives_ upon sins, it is necessary for him that people should "sin.Page 101
He no longer required any formulÃ¦, any rites for his relations with God--not even prayer.Page 114
" 48 --Has anybody ever really understood the celebrated story which stands at the beginning of the Bible,--concerning God's deadly panic over _science?_ .Page 127
" Elsewhere he says: "there is nothing purer than the light of the sun, the shadow cast by a cow, air, water, fire and the breath of a maiden.Page 128
And secondly, _tradition,_ which is the assumption that the law has obtained since the most primeval times, that it is impious and a crime against one's ancestors to attempt to doubt it.Page 135
I confess it, these Germans are my enemies: I despise every sort of.Page 143
Is not the existence of some sort of irregularity and incomplete circular form in the world about us, a sufficient refutation of the regular circularity of everything that exists? Whence comes this variety within the circular process? Is not everything far too complicated to have been the outcome of unity? And are not the many chemical laws and likewise the organic species and forms inexplicable as the result of homogeneity? or of duality?--Supposing there were such a thing as a regular contracting energy in all the centres of force in the universe, the question would be, whence could the most insignificant difference spring? For then the whole world would have to be resolved into innumerable completely equal rings and spheres of existence and we should have an incalculable number of exactly equal worlds side by side.Page 148
has hitherto affected thee and moulded thee,--and that thou cravest for its eternity--_Non alia sed hac vita sempiterna!_ Know also, that transiency singeth its short song for ever afresh and that at the sound of the first verse thou wilt almost die of longing when thou thinkest that it might be for the last time.Page 157
72 All kinds of higher men and their oppression and blighting (as a case in point, Duhring, who was ruined by isolation)--on the whole, this is the fate of higher men to-day, they seem to be a species that is condemned to die out: this fact seems to come to Zarathustra's ears like a great cry for help.