himself,--another sticks to it
because he has learnt it with difficulty and is proud of having
understood it; both of them, therefore, out of vanity.
AVOIDING THE LIGHT.--Good deeds avoid the light just as anxiously as
evil deeds; the latter fear that pain will result from publicity (as
punishment), the former fear that pleasure will vanish with publicity
(the pure pleasure _per se,_ which ceases as soon as satisfaction of
vanity is added to it).
THE LENGTH OF THE DAY.--When one has much to put into them, a day has a
THE GENIUS OF TYRANNY.--When an invincible desire to obtain tyrannical
power has been awakened in the soul, and constantly keeps up its
fervour, even a very mediocre talent (in politicians, artists, etc.)
gradually becomes an almost irresistible natural force.
THE ENEMY'S LIFE.--He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an
interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.
MORE IMPORTANT.--Unexplained, obscure matters are regarded as more
important than explained, clear ones.
VALUATION OF SERVICES RENDERED.--We estimate services rendered to
us according to the value set on them by those who render them, not
according to the value they have for us.
UNHAPPINESS.--The distinction associated with unhappiness (as if it
were a sign of stupidity, unambitiousness, or commonplaceness to feel
happy) is so great that when any one says to us, "How happy you are!"
we usually protest.
IMAGINATION IN ANGUISH.--When one is afraid of anything, one's
imagination plays the part of that evil spirit which springs on one's
back just when one has the heaviest load to bear.
THE VALUE OF INSIPID OPPONENTS.--We sometimes remain faithful to a
cause merely because its opponents never cease to be insipid.
THE VALUE OF A PROFESSION.--A profession makes us thoughtless; that
is its greatest blessing. For it is a bulwark behind which we are
permitted to withdraw when commonplace doubts and cares assail us.
TALENT.--Many a man's talent appears less than it is, because he has
always set himself too heavy tasks.
YOUTH.--Youth is an unpleasant period; for then it is not possible or
not prudent to be productive in any sense whatsoever.
TOO GREAT AIMS.--Whoever aims publicly at great things and at length
perceives secretly that he is too weak to achieve them, has usually
also insufficient strength to renounce his aims publicly, and then
inevitably becomes a hypocrite.
IN THE CURRENT.--Mighty waters sweep many stones and shrubs away with
them; mighty spirits many foolish and confused minds.
THE DANGERS OF INTELLECTUAL EMANCIPATION.--In a seriously intended
intellectual emancipation a person's mute passions and cravings also
hope to find their advantage.
THE INCARNATION OF THE MIND.--When any one thinks much and to good
purpose, not only
--For such a goal--what sacrifice would not have been worth while? What "self-mastery"! What "self-denial"! The greatest event of my life took the form of a _recovery.Page 13
--Everything grows bigger, _even Wagner grows bigger.Page 31
But who is in any doubt as to what I want,--as to what the _three requisitions_ are concerning which my wrath and my care and love of art, have made me open my mouth on this occasion? _That the stage should not become master of the arts.Page 36
Brahms is _not_ an actor.Page 42
And then I ask myself, what is it that my whole body must have from music in general? for there is no such thing as a soul.Page 43
Wagner's appropriation of old sagas and songs, in which scholarly prejudice taught us _to_ see something German _par excellence_--now we laugh at it all,.Page 49
He measures himself on others; he first of all gives his listeners intoxicating drinks in order to lead them into believing that it _was the music that intoxicated them.Page 66
What cannot be exhausted, however, is the ever-new adaptation of one's age to antiquity; the comparison of the two.Page 70
24 People in general think that philology is at an end--while I believe that it has not yet begun.Page 78
Let us suppose that there were freer and more superior spirits who were dissatisfied with the education now in vogue, and that they summoned it to their tribunal, what would the defendant say to them? In.Page 83
" In order that this "freedom" may be rightly estimated, just look at the philologists! 66 Classical education! Yea, if there were only as much paganism as Goethe found and glorified in Winckelmann, even that would not be much.Page 87
Freytag, in which this prim and strait-laced "poet" depicted the happiness now experienced by sixty-year-old men.Page 90
The philistine of culture is the most comfortable creature the sun has ever shone upon: and he is doubtless also in possession of the corresponding stupidity.Page 95
Germany has become the breeding-place of this historical optimism; Hegel is perhaps to blame for this.Page 105
He would have to be a knowledge-saint: a man who would link love with knowledge, and who would have nothing to do with gods or demigods or "Providence," as the Indian saints likewise had nothing to do with them.