too _petty,_--I call it the one immortal blemish of mankind....
And _time_ is reckoned from the _dies nefastus_ upon which this
fatality came into being--from the first day of Christianity!--_why
not rather from its last day?--From to-day?_--Transvaluation of all
 The German "_TÃ¼chtigkeit_" has a nobler ring than our word
 _Cf._ Disraeli: "But enlightened Europe is not happy. Its existence
is a fever which it calls progress. Progress to what?" ("Tancred," Book
III., Chap, vii.).--TR.
 It will be seen from this that in spite of Nietzsche's ruthless
criticism of the priests, he draws a sharp distinction between
Christianity and the Church. As the latter still contained elements
of order, it was more to his taste than the denial of authority
characteristic of real Christianity.--TR.
 "_reine Thorheit_" in the German text, referring once again to
 This applies apparently to Bismarck, the forger of the Ems telegram
and a sincere Christian.--Tr.
 An adaptation of Shakespeare's "Well roared, lion" (_Mid. N. D.,_
Act 5, Sc. i.), the lion, as is well known, being the symbol for St
Mark in Christian literature and Art--TR.
 A parody on a line in Schiller's _"Jungfrau von Orleans"_ (Act 3,
Sc. vi.): "_Mit der Dummheit kÃ¤mpfen GÃ¶tter selbst vergebens._" (With
stupidity even the gods themselves struggle in vain).--TR.
 á¼ÏÎµÎ¾Î¹Ï = Lat. Retentio, Inhibitio (Stephanus, Thesaurus GrÃ¦cÃ¦
LinguÃ¦); therefore: reserve, caution. The Greek Sceptics were also
called Ephectics owing to their caution in judging and in concluding
 The following passage from Multatuti will throw light on this
"Father:--'Behold, my son, how wisely Providence has arranged
everything! This bird lays its eggs in its nest and the young will be
hatched just about the time when there will be worms and flies with
which to feed them. Then they will sing a song of praise in honour of
the Creator who overwhelms his creatures with blessings.'--
"Son:--'Will the worms join in the song, Dad?'".--TR.
 "Thus Spake Zarathustra." The Priests.--TR.
 I Corinthians vii. 2, 9.--TR.
THE ETERNAL RECURRENCE
EXPLANATORY NOTES TO "THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA."
The notes concerning the Eternal Recurrence, in this volume, are said
by Mrs Foerster-Nietzsche to have been the first that Nietzsche ever
wrote on the subject of his great doctrine. This being so, they must
have been composed towards the autumn of the year 1881.
I have already pointed out elsewhere (_Will to Power,_ vol. ii.,
Translator's Preface) how much importance Nietzsche himself ascribed
to this doctrine, and how, until the end, he regarded it as the
inspiration which had led to his chief work, _Thus Spake Zarathustra._
For the details relating to its inception, however, I would refer
Above it all, however, there soars, transfiguring it, the image of his greatest hopes and remotest aims.Page 10
Everything happens quite involuntarily, as if in a tempestuous outburst of freedom, of absoluteness, of power and divinity.Page 12
I love him whose soul is so overfull that he forgetteth himself, and all things are in him: thus all things become his down-going.Page 19
I am not much more than an animal which hath been taught to dance by blows and scanty fare.Page 34
The more he seeketh to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthward, downward, into the dark and deep--into the evil.Page 50
But it is naughty, like a young child; and if I hold not its mouth, it screameth too loudly.Page 51
" "Thy journey is short," said the adder sadly; "my poison is fatal.Page 55
But my blood is related to theirs; and I want withal to see my blood honoured in theirs.Page 83
It despiseth also all bitter-sweet wisdom: for verily, there is also wisdom that bloometh in the dark, a night-shade wisdom, which ever sigheth: "All is vain!" Shy distrust is regarded by it as base, and every one who wanteth oaths instead of looks and hands: also all over-distrustful wisdom,--for such is the mode of cowardly souls.Page 172
Had I thus come in vain into these forests and mountains? Then did my heart determine that I should seek another, the most pious of all those who believe not in God--, my heart determined that I should seek Zarathustra!" Thus spake the hoary man, and gazed with keen eyes at him who stood before him.Page 189
And all his guests also were silent, and stood still and confounded: except only that the old soothsayer made signs with his hands and his gestures.Page 201
And verily, we spake and thought long enough together ere Zarathustra came home to his cave, for me not to be unaware that we ARE different.Page 202
Nietzsche as an evolutionist I shall have occasion to define and discuss in the course of these notes (see Notes on Chapter LVI.Page 237
We should try to understand this perfectly before proceeding; for it is precisely views of this sort which, after having been cut out of the original context, are repeated far and wide as internal evidence proving the general unsoundness of Nietzsche's philosophy.Page 242
He transforms the "Struggle for Existence"--the passive and involuntary condition--into the "Struggle for Power," which is active and creative, and much more in harmony with Darwin's own view, given above, concerning the importance of the organism itself.Page 251