is my opinion that I am too
full of malice to believe even in myself; I never address myself to
masses. I am horribly frightened that one day I shall be pronounced
"holy." You will understand why I publish this book beforehand--it is
to prevent people from wronging me. I refuse to be a saint; I would
rather be a clown. Maybe I am a clown. And I am notwithstanding, or
rather not _not_withstanding, the mouthpiece of truth; for nothing
more blown-out with falsehood has ever existed, than a saint. But
my truth is terrible: for hitherto _lies_ have been called truth.
_The Transvaluation of all Values,_ this is my formula for mankind's
greatest step towards coming to its senses--a step which in me became
flesh and genius. My destiny ordained that I should be the first decent
human being, and that I should feel myself opposed to the falsehood
of millenniums. I was the first to discover truth, and for the simple
reason that I was the first who became conscious of falsehood as
falsehood--that is to say, I smelt it as such. My genius resides in
my nostrils. I contradict as no one has contradicted hitherto, and am
nevertheless the reverse of a negative spirit. I am the harbinger of
joy, the like of which has never existed before; I have discovered
tasks of such lofty greatness that, until my time, no one had any idea
of such things. Mankind can begin to have fresh hopes, only now that I
have lived. Thus, I am necessarily a man of Fate. For when Truth enters
the lists against the falsehood of ages, shocks are bound to ensue,
and a spell of earthquakes, followed by the transposition of hills and
valleys, such as the world has never yet imagined even in its dreams.
The concept "politics" then becomes elevated entirely to the sphere
of spiritual warfare. All the mighty realms of the ancient order of
society are blown into space--for they are all based on falsehood:
there will be wars, the like of which have never been seen on earth
before. Only from my time and after me will politics on a large scale
exist on earth.
If you should require a formula for a destiny of this kind that has
taken human form, you will find it in my _Zarathustra_.
"And he who would be a creator in good and evil--verily, he must first
be a destroyer, and break values into pieces.
"Thus the greatest evil belongeth unto the greatest good: but this is
the creative good."
I am by far the most terrible man that
his head, and one henceforth speaks of "passions.Page 67
They all seek.Page 74
Certainly not that he does something for others and without selfishness; perhaps the effect of selfishness is precisely at its greatest in the noblest persons.Page 89
I mean to say that they are not themselves the valuers of happiness and of the happy ones, but they always press close to these valuers with the greatest curiosity and longing, in order immediately to use their valuations advantageously.Page 120
But times will come when thou wilt feel that it is infinite, and that there is nothing more frightful than infinity.Page 163
Truly, you understand the reverse art of alchemy, the depreciating of the most valuable things! Try, just for once, another recipe, in order not to realise as hitherto the opposite of what you mean to attain: _deny_ those good things, withdraw from them the applause of the populace and discourage the spread of them, make them once more the concealed chastities of solitary souls, say that _morality is something forbidden_! Perhaps you will thus win over for those things the sort of men who are only of any account, I mean the _heroic_.Page 165
The most unendurable thing, to be sure, the really terrible thing, would be a life without habits, a life which continually required improvisation:âthat would be my banishment and my Siberia.Page 166
Be the advantage of this mode of thinking ever so great otherwise, it is in any case the mode of judging which is most injurious _to knowledge_: for precisely the good-will of the knowing one ever to declare himself unhesitatingly as _opposed_ to his former opinions, and in general to be distrustful of all that wants to be fixed in himâis here condemned and brought into disrepute.Page 167
To withdraw from things until one no longer sees much of them, until one has even to see things into them, _in order to see them at all_âor to view them from the side, and as in a frameâor to place them so that they partly disguise themselves and only permit of perspective viewsâor to look at them through coloured glasses, or in the light of the sunsetâor to furnish them with a surface or skin which is not fully transparent: we should learn all that from artists, and moreover be wiser than they.Page 189
_The Will to Suffering and the Compassionate.Page 198
But what if this itself always becomes more untrustworthy, what if nothing any longer proves itself divine, except it be error, blindness, and falsehood;âwhat if God himself turns out to be our most persistent lie?â 345.Page 208
The founder of a religion possesses psychological infallibility in the knowledge of a definite, average type of souls, who have not yet _recognised_ themselves as akin.Page 226
Footnote 13: An allusion to the German Proverb, "Handwerk hat einen goldenen Boden.Page 252
While beauty in my face is, With piety I'll stand, When age has killed my graces, Let Satan claim my hand! THE BOAT OF MYSTERY.