all gushing springs raise their voices. And my
soul too is a gushing spring.
"It is night: now only do all lovers burst into song. And my soul too
is the song of a lover."
Such things have never been written, never been felt, never been
_suffered:_ only a God, only Dionysus suffers in this way. The reply
to such a dithyramb on the sun's solitude in light would be Ariadne.
... Who knows, but I, who Ariadne is! To all such riddles no one
heretofore had ever found an answer; I doubt even whether any one had
ever seen a riddle here. One day Zarathustra severely determines his
life-task--and it is also mine. Let no one misunderstand its meaning.
It's a yea-saying to the point of justifying, to the point of redeeming
even all that is past.
"I walk among men as among fragments of the future: of that future
which I see.
"And all my creativeness and effort is but this, that I may be able to
think and recast all these fragments and riddles and dismal accidents
into one piece.
"And how could I bear to be a man, if man were not also a poet, a
riddle reader, and a redeemer of chance!
"To redeem all the past, and to transform every 'it was' into 'thus
would I have it'--that alone would be my salvation!"
In another passage he defines as strictly as possible what to him alone
"man" can be,--not a subject for love nor yet for pity--Zarathustra
became master even of his loathing of man: man is to him a thing
unshaped, raw material, an ugly stone that needs the sculptor's chisel.
"No longer to will, no longer to value, no longer to create! Oh, that
this great weariness may never be mine!
"Even in the lust of knowledge, I feel only the joy of my will to beget
and to grow; and if there be innocence in my knowledge, it is because
my procreative will is in it.
"Away from God and gods did this will lure me: what would there be to
create if there were gods?
"But to man doth it ever drive me anew, my burning, creative will.
Thus driveth it the hammer to the stone.
"Alas, ye men, within the stone there sleepeth an image for me, the
image of all my dreams! Alas, that it should have to sleep in the
hardest and ugliest stone!
"_Now rageth my hammer ruthlessly against its prison._ From the stone
the fragments fly: what's that to me?
"I will finish it: for a shadow came unto me--the stillest and lightest
thing on earth
_ The _Greeks_ seemed like _children_ to the French.Page 59
He conceives a _type_ which is the _reverse_ of his own: the Chandala.Page 72
Christianity is a type of decadence.Page 86
_ 207.Page 89
Among the powers that have mastered _Christianity_ are: Judaism (_Paul_); Platonism (Augustine); The cult of mystery (the teaching of salvation, the emblem of the "cross"); Asceticism (hostility towards "Nature," "Reason," the "senses,"--the Orient .Page 94
Of course, nobody suspects the causal logic of the fact: the _maceration_ of the _flesh_ is interpreted religiously, it seems like an end in itself, whereas it is no more than a _means_ of bringing about that morbid state of indigestion which is known as repentance (the "fixed idea" of sin, the hypnotising of the hen by-means of the chalk-line "sin").Page 106
But _what is Life?_ A new and more definite concept of what "Life" is, becomes necessary here.Page 117
Let us not deceive ourselves! When a man hears the whisper of the moral imperative in his breast, as altruism would have him hear it, he shows thereby that he belongs to the _herd.Page 119
" The "All" must be subdivided; we must unlearn our respect for it, and reappropriate that which we have lent the unknown and an imaginary entity, for the purposes of our neighbour and ourselves.Page 135
And thus everything that lowers and belittles man is elevated to an _ideal_.Page 152
Through all moral idiosyncrasies I see a _fundamentally different valuation.Page 163
_ A.Page 164
us rid ourselves of a few superstitions which heretofore have been fashionable among philosophers! 407.Page 167
_ 418.Page 172
Concerning the psychology of _philosophers.Page 181
) Socrates, Aristippus, the Megarian school, the Cynics, Epicurus and Pyrrho--a general onslaught upon knowledge in favour of _morality.