The Twilight of the Idols - The Antichrist Complete Works, Volume Sixteen

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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the heirloom of happiness, not to themselves. They deliver the
physiologically botched by teaching them the doctrine of "swift death."
They offer religions and philosophical systems to each according to his


"The conflict in the heart of the ruler is the contest between the love
which is in his heart for him who is most remote, and the love which he
feels for his neighbour."

To be a creator and to be capable of goodness are not at all things
which exclude one another. They are rather one and the same thing; but
the creator is farsighted and the good man nearsighted.


The feeling of power. The strife of all egos to discover that thought
which will remain poised above men like a star.--The ego is a _primum


The struggle for the application of the power which mankind now
represents! Zarathustra calls to the gladiators of this struggle.


We must make our ideals prevail:--We must strive for power in such a
way as our ideal commands.


The doctrine of the Eternal Recurrence is the turning point of history.


Suddenly the terrible chamber of truth is opened, an unconscious
self-protectiveness, caution, ambush, defence keeps us from the gravest
knowledge. Thus have I lived heretofore. I suppress something; but the
restless babbling and rolling down of stones has rendered my instinct
over-powerful. Now I am rolling my last stone, the most appalling truth
stands close to my hand.

Truth has been exorcised out of its grave:--we created it, we waked it:
the highest expression of courage and of the feeling of power. Scorn of
all pessimism that has existed hitherto!

We fight with it,--we find out that our only means of enduring it is
to create a creature who is able to endure it:--unless, of course, we
voluntarily dazzle ourselves afresh and blind ourselves in regard to it
But this we are no longer able to do!

We it was who created the gravest thought,--let us now create a being
unto whom it will be not only light but blessed.

In order to be able to create we must allow ourselves greater freedom
than has ever been vouch-safed us before; to this end we must be
emancipated from morality, and we must be relieved by means of feasts
(Premonitions of the future! We must celebrate the future and no longer
the past! We must compose the myth poetry of the future! We must live
in hopes!) Blessed moments I And then we must once again pull down the
curtain and turn our thoughts to the next unswerving purpose.


Mankind must set its goal above itself--not in a false world, however,

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