Human, All-Too-Human: A Book for Free Spirits, Part 1 Complete Works, Volume Six

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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mankind and the world. So long as there are still
believers in miracles in the world of knowledge it may perhaps be
admitted that the believers themselves derive a benefit therefrom,
inasmuch as by their absolute subjection to great minds they obtain the
best discipline and schooling for their own minds during the period of
development. On the other hand, it may at least be questioned whether
the superstition of genius, of its privileges and special faculties,
is useful for a genius himself when it implants itself in him. In any
case it is a dangerous sign when man shudders at his own self, be it
that famous Cæsarian shudder or the shudder of genius which applies to
this case, when the incense of sacrifice, which by rights is offered
to a God alone, penetrates into the brain of the genius, so that he
begins to waver and to look upon himself as something superhuman. The
slow consequences are: the feeling of irresponsibility, the exceptional
rights, the belief that mere intercourse with him confers a favour,
and frantic rage at any attempt to compare him with others or even
to place him below them and to bring into prominence whatever is
unsuccessful in his work. Through the fact that he ceases to criticise
himself one pinion after another falls out of his plumage,--that
superstition undermines the foundation of his strength and even makes
him a hypocrite after his power has failed him. For great minds it
is, therefore, perhaps better when they come to an understanding about
their strength and its source, when they comprehend what purely human
qualities are mingled in them, what a combination they are of fortunate
conditions: thus once it was continual energy, a decided application
to individual aims, great personal courage, and then the good fortune
of an education, which at an early period provided the best teachers,
examples, and methods. Assuredly, if its aim is to make the greatest
possible _effect,_ abstruseness has always done much for itself and
that gift of partial insanity; for at all times that power has been
admired and envied by means of which men were deprived of will and
imbued with the fancy that they were preceded by supernatural leaders.
Truly, men are exalted and inspired by the belief that some one among
them is endowed with supernatural powers, and in this respect insanity,
as Plato says, has brought the greatest blessings to mankind. In a
few rare cases this form of insanity may also have been the means
by which an all-round exuberant nature was kept within bounds; in
individual life the imaginings of

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Text Comparison with The Case Of Wagner, Nietzsche Contra Wagner, and Selected Aphorisms.

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Now Nietzsche was one of the first to recognise that the principles of art are inextricably bound up with the laws of life, that an aesthetic dogma may therefore promote or depress all vital force, and that a picture, a symphony, a poem or a statue, is just as capable of being pessimistic, anarchic, Christian or revolutionary, as a philosophy or a science is.
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In Nietzsche's wonderful autobiography (_Ecce Homo_, p.
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No one speaks badly about himself without a reason, and the question in this case is to find out the reason.
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" This seems innocent enough.
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It must not be astonished to find a disparity between the hero's private life and his "elevating" art or romantic and idealistic gospel.
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The philosopher in me struggled against it.
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In plain English: from customs, laws, morals, institutions, from all those things upon which the ancient world and ancient society rests.
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(In this respect he was very different from old Kant, who rejoiced in another form of daring, _i.
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But apart from the Wagner who paints frescoes and practises magnetism, there is yet another Wagner who hoards small treasures: our greatest melancholic in music, full of side glances, loving speeches, and words of comfort, in which no one ever forestalled him,--the tone-master of melancholy and drowsy happiness.
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It is not Corneille's public that Wagner has to consider, it is merely the nineteenth century.
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What does Wagner do? He emancipates the oldest woman on earth, Erda.
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--And now here is a fact which leaves us speechless: Parsifal is Lohengrin's father! How ever did he do it?--Ought one at this juncture to remember that "chastity works miracles"?{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} _Wagnerus dixit princeps in castitate auctoritas.
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His specific effect: degeneration of the feeling for rhythm.
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--The female Wagnerite is a more definite, a more interesting, and above all, a more attractive type.
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--Upon the counterplay of the cooler currents of air which came from this sobriety, and from the warmer breath of enthusiasm, the charm of all good music rested--Richard Wagner wanted another kind of movement,--he overthrew the physiological first principle of all music before his time.
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Revenge upon life itself--this is the most voluptuous form of intoxication for such indigent souls!{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} Now Wagner responds quite as well as Schopenhauer to the twofold cravings of these people,--they both deny life, they both slander it but precisely on this account they are my antipodes.
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I cannot endure anything double-faced.
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There are free insolent spirits which would fain conceal and deny that they are at bottom broken, incurable hearts--this is.
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No: if we convalescents require an art at all, it is _another_ art---a mocking, nimble, volatile, divinely undisturbed, divinely artificial art, which blazes up like pure flame into a cloudless sky! But above all, an art for artists, _only for artists_! We are, after all, more conversant with that which is in the highest degree necessary--cheerfulness, _every kind_ of cheerfulness, my friends!{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} We men of knowledge, now know something only too well: oh how well we have learnt by this time, to forget, _not_ to know, as artists!{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~} As to our future: we shall scarcely be found on the track of those Egyptian youths who break into temples at night, who embrace statues, and would fain unveil, strip, and set in broad daylight, everything which there are excellent reasons to keep concealed.
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Compared with it the drama is a genuine relief.