intended by Nature. Then it is time, and no cause for anger, that
the mists of death approach. Towards the light is your last movement; a
joyful cry of knowledge is your last sound.
[Footnote 1: This may remind one of Gobineau's more jocular saying:
"_Nous ne descendons pas du singe, mais nous y allons._"--J.M.K.]
[Footnote 2: This refers to his essay, "Schopenhauer as Educator," in
_Thoughts Out of Season,_ vol. ii. of the English edition.--J.M.K.]
[Footnote 3: For it is when loving that mortal man gives of his
MAN IN SOCIETY.
WELL-MEANT DISSIMULATION.--In intercourse with men a well-meant
dissimulation is often necessary, as if we did not see through the
motives of their actions.
COPIES.--We not unfrequently meet with copies of prominent persons; and
as in the case of pictures, so also here, the copies please more than
THE PUBLIC SPEAKER.--One may speak with the greatest appropriateness,
and yet so that everybody cries out to the contrary,--that is to say,
when one does not speak to everybody.
WANT OF CONFIDENCE.--Want of confidence among friends is a fault that
cannot be censured without becoming incurable.
THE ART OF GIVING.--To have to refuse a gift, merely because it has not
been offered in the right way, provokes animosity against the giver.
THE MOST DANGEROUS PARTISAN.--In every party there is one who, by his
far too dogmatic expression of the party-principles, excites defection
among the others.
ADVISERS OF THE SICK.--Whoever gives advice to a sick person acquires
a feeling of superiority over him, whether the advice be accepted or
rejected. Hence proud and sensitive sick persons hate advisers more
than their sickness.
DOUBLE NATURE OF EQUALITY.--The rage for equality may so manifest
itself that we seek either to draw all others down to ourselves (by
belittling, disregarding, and tripping up), or ourselves and all others
upwards (by recognition, assistance, and congratulation).
AGAINST EMBARRASSMENT.--The best way to relieve and calm very
embarrassed people is to give them decided praise.
PREFERENCE FOR CERTAIN VIRTUES.--We set no special value on the
possession of a virtue until we perceive that it is entirely lacking in
WHY WE CONTRADICT.--We often contradict an opinion when it is really
only the tone in which it is expressed that is unsympathetic to us.
CONFIDENCE AND INTIMACY.--Whoever proposes to command the intimacy of
a person is usually uncertain of possessing his confidence. Whoever is
sure of a person's confidence attaches little value to intimacy with
THE EQUILIBRIUM OF FRIENDSHIP.--The right equilibrium of friendship
in our relation to other men is sometimes restored when we put a few
grains of wrong on our own side of the scales.
THE MOST DANGEROUS PHYSICIANS.--The most
The authority of the _conscience_ now takes the first place (the more _morality_ is emancipated from theology, the more imperative does it become) as a compensation for the _personal authority.Page 16
_Our_ Pessimism: the world has not the value which we believed it to have,--our faith itself has so increased our instinct for research that we are _compelled_ to say this to-day.Page 18
Opposites are compatible with a plebeian age, because they are more easy to grasp.Page 30
very much afraid of sorrow--men who are _certain of their power,_ and who represent with conscious pride the state of strength to which man has attained.Page 31
In short, it is the eighteenth century of Rousseau.Page 32
Why does everything become _mummery.Page 36
It is therefore _not_ a national religion, _not_ determined by race: it appeals to the disinherited everywhere; it consists of a foundation of resentment against all that is successful and dominant: it is in need of a symbol which represents the damnation of everything successful and dominant.Page 78
The impudent levity with which the most unwieldy problems are spoken of here (life, the world, God, the purpose of life), as if they were not problems at all, but the most simple things which these little bigots _know all about_!!! 202.Page 84
_ The psychical treatment practised by Christianity is often nothing more than the process of converting a brute into a sick and _therefore_ tame animal.Page 115
The herd regards the _exception,_ whether it be above or beneath its general level, as something which is antagonistic and dangerous to itself.Page 117
The pleasant feelings of goodness and benevolence with which the just man fills us (as opposed to the suspense and the fear to which the great innovating man gives rise) are our own sensations of personal security and equality: in this way the gregarious animal glorifies the gregarious nature, and then begins to feel at ease.Page 128
" The concept, "the All," will always give rise to the old problems, "How is evil possible?" etc.Page 135
A great _lie_ in history; as if the _corruption of the Church were the cause_ of the Reformation! This was only the pretext and self-deception of the agitators--very strong needs were making themselves felt, the brutality of which sorely required a spiritual dressing.Page 154