distrust, and therefore contains precisely
that upon which money-grabbing and successful men take a pleasure in
walking with superiority and scorn.
GOAL AND PATH.--Many are obstinate with regard to the once-chosen path,
few with regard to the goal.
THE OFFENSIVENESS IN AN INDIVIDUAL WAY OF LIFE.--All specially
individual lines of conduct excite irritation against him who adopts
them; people feel themselves reduced to the level of commonplace
creatures by the extraordinary treatment he bestows on himself.
THE PRIVILEGE OF GREATNESS.--It is the privilege of greatness to confer
intense happiness with insignificant gifts.
UNINTENTIONALLY NOBLE.--A person behaves with unintentional nobleness
when he has accustomed himself to seek naught from others and always to
give to them.
A CONDITION OF HEROISM.--When a person wishes to become a hero, the
serpent must previously have become a dragon, otherwise he lacks his
FRIENDS.--Fellowship in joy, and, not sympathy in sorrow, makes people
MAKING USE OF EBB AND FLOW.--For the purpose of knowledge we must know
how to make use of the inward current which draws us towards a thing,
and also of the current which after a time draws us away from it.
JOY IN ITSELF.--"Joy in the Thing" people say; but in reality it is joy
in itself by means of the thing.
THE UNASSUMING MAN.--He who is unassuming towards persons manifests his
presumption all the more with regard to things (town, State, society,
time, humanity). That is his revenge.
ENVY AND JEALOUSY.--Envy and jealousy are the pudenda of the human
soul. The comparison may perhaps be carried further.
THE NOBLEST HYPOCRITE.--It is a very noble hypocrisy not to talk of
one's self at all.
VEXATION.--Vexation is a physical disease, which is not by any means
cured when its cause is subsequently removed.
THE CHAMPIONS OF TRUTH.--Truth does not find fewest champions when it
is dangerous to speak it, but when it is dull.
MORE TROUBLESOME EVEN THAN ENEMIES.--Persons of whose sympathetic
attitude we are not, in all circumstances, convinced, while for
some reason or other (gratitude, for instance) we are obliged to
maintain the appearance of unqualified sympathy with them, trouble our
imagination far more than our enemies do.
FREE NATURE.--We are so fond of being out among Nature, because it has
no opinions about us.
EACH SUPERIOR IN ONE THING.--In civilised intercourse every one feels
himself superior to all others in at least one thing; kindly feelings
generally are based thereon, inasmuch as every one can, in certain
circumstances, render help, and is therefore entitled to accept help
CONSOLATORY ARGUMENTS.--In the case of a death we mostly use
consolatory arguments not so much to alleviate the grief as to make
excuses for feeling so easily
_ At all times and places the same words have been on their lips,--words full of doubt, full of melancholy, full of weariness of life, full of hostility to life.Page 27
They may depend upon the happy issue of certain undertakings (--an ingenuous mistake: the happy issue of an undertaking certainly does not give a hypochondriac or a Pascal any general sensation of pleasure).Page 33
How much peevish ponderousness, paralysis, dampness, dressing-gown languor, and beer is there not in German intelligence! How is it really possible that young men who consecrate their whole lives to the pursuit of intellectual ends, should not feel within them the first instinct of intellectuality, the _self-preservative instinct of the intellect_--and should drink beer? The alcoholism of learned youths does not incapacitate them for becoming scholars--a man quite devoid of intellect may be a great scholar,--but it is a problem in every other respect.Page 35
I ask you, can you show me one single man of brains who could be mentioned in the same breath with other European thinkers, like your Goethe, your Hegel, your Heinrich Heine, and your Schopenhauer?--The fact that there is no longer a single German philosopher worth mentioning is an increasing wonder.Page 39
His attitude is better in regard to all those things in which subtle and effete taste is the highest tribunal: in these things he really does have the courage of his own personality--he really does enjoy his own nature--he actually is a _master,_--In some respects he is a prototype of Baudelaire.Page 48
_ For it is only in the Dionysian mysteries, in the psychology of the Dionysian state, that the _fundamental fact_ of the Hellenic instinct--its "will to life"--is expressed.Page 75
_ The formula of our happiness: a Yea, a Nay, a straight line, a goal.Page 86
Buddhism is the only really _positive_ religion to be found in history, even in its epistemology (which is strict phenomenalism)--it no longer speaks of the "struggle with _sin_" but fully recognising the true nature of reality it speaks of the "struggle with _pain.Page 87
Precisely on this account he does not exhort his followers to wage war upon those who do not share their views; nothing is more abhorred in his doctrine than the feeling of revenge, of aversion, and of resentment (--"not through hostility doth hostility end": the touching refrain of the whole of Buddhism.Page 91
" The Jews are the opposite of all _decadents_: they have been forced to represent them to the point of illusion, and with a _non plus ultra_ of histrionic genius, they have known how to set themselves at the head of all decadent movements (St Paul and Christianity for instance), in order to create something from them which is stronger than every party _saying Yea to life.Page 92
What is the meaning of "glad tidings"?--True life, eternal life has been found--it is not promised, it is actually here, it is in _you;_ it is life in love, in love free from all selection or exclusion, free from all distance.Page 99
When the first Christian community required a discerning, wrangling, quarrelsome, malicious and hair-splitting theologian, to oppose other theologians, it created its "God" according to its needs; just as it did not hesitate to put upon his lips those utterly unevangelical ideas of "his second coming," the "last judgment,"--ideas with which it could not then dispense,--and every kind of expectation and promise which happened to be current.Page 106
The love of a disciple admits of no such thing as accident.Page 133
60 Christianity destroyed.Page 144
If there ever was a chaos of forces, then that chaos itself was eternal and was repeated at its particular moment of time in the turn of the world wheel.Page 153
They deliver the physiologically botched by teaching them the doctrine of "swift death.Page 155
As soon as one faculty is acquired in a masterly manner another one must be striven after.