and soul are the best--Zarathustra's fundamental
proposition--; from them is generated that higher morality of the
creator. Man must be regenerated after his own image: this is what he
wants, this is his honesty.
Genius to Zarathustra seems like the incarnation of his thought.
Loneliness for a certain time is necessary in order that a creature
may become completely permeated with his own soul--cured and hard. A
new form of community would be one in which we should assert ourselves
martially. Otherwise the spirit becomes tame. No Epicurean "gardens"
and mere "retirement from the masses." War (but without powder) between
different thoughts and the hosts who support them I
A new nobility, the result of breeding. Feasts celebrating the
foundation of families.
The day divided up afresh; bodily exercise for all ages. á¼Î³ÏÎ½
as a principle.
The love of the sexes as a contest around the principle in becoming and
coming.--Ruling will be taught and practised, its hardness as well as
its mildness. As soon as one faculty is acquired in a masterly manner
another one must be striven after.
We must let ourselves be taught by the evil, and allow them an
opportunity of a contest. We must make use of the degenerate--The right
of punishment will consist in this, that the offender may be used as
an experimental subject (in dietetics): this is the consecration of
punishment, that one man be used for the highest needs of a future
We protect our new community because it is the bridge to our ideal of
the future And for it we work and let others work.
The measure and mean must be found in striving to attain to something
beyond mankind: the highest and strongest kind of man must be
discovered! The highest tendency must be represented continually
in small things:--perfection, maturity, rosy-cheeked health, mild
discharges of power. Just as an artist works, must we apply ourselves
to our daily task and bring ourselves to perfection in everything we
do. We must be honest in acknowledging our real motives to ourselves,
as is becoming in the mighty man.
No impatience! Superman is our next stage and to this end, to this
limit, moderation and manliness are necessary.
Mankind must surpass itself, as the Greeks did--and no fleshless
fantasies must be indulged. The higher mind which is associated with a
sickly and nervous character must be suppressed. The goal: the higher
culture of the whole body and not only of the brain.
"Man is something that must be surpassed":--it is a matter of tempo:
the Greeks were wonderful, there was no haste about them.--My
predecessors: Heraclitus, Empedocles, Spinoza, Goethe.
1. Dissatisfaction with ourselves. An
_Ecce Homo.Page 39
" But what is kind-heartedness, refinement and genius to me, if the man with these virtues harbours indolent sentiments in belief and judgment, if _the longing for certainty_ does not rule in him, as his innermost desire and profoundest needâas that which separates higher from lower men! In certain pious people I have found a hatred of reason, and have been favourably disposed to them for it: their bad, intellectual conscience still betrayed itself, at least in this manner! But to stand in the midst of this _rerum concordia discors_ and all the marvellous uncertainty and ambiguity of existence, _and not to question_, not to tremble with desire and delight in questioning, not even to hate the questionerâperhaps.Page 41
He is offended at him who succumbs to the passion of the belly, but he understands the allurement which here plays the tyrant; but he does not understand, for example, how a person out of love of knowledge can stake his health and honour on the game.Page 67
They all seek.Page 86
_Art and Nature.Page 90
_The Origin of Poetry.Page 91
âLooked at and investigated as a whole, was there ever anything _more serviceable_ to the ancient superstitious species of human being than rhythm? People could do everything with.Page 111
Let us be on our guard against saying that there are laws in nature.Page 131
That Luther's Reformation succeeded in the north, is a sign that the north had remained backward in comparison with the south of Europe, and still had requirements tolerably uniform in colour and kind; and there would have been no Christianising of Europe at all, if the culture of the old world of the south had not been gradually barbarized by an excessive admixture of the blood of German barbarians, and thus lost its ascendency.Page 147
If I had to do so, however, I should build it, like many of the Romans, right into the sea,âI should like to have some secrets in common with that beautiful monster.Page 161
They have _lived_ and have wanted to live onâthey say so with their houses, built and decorated for.Page 172
further conscience for it? Do you know nothing of an intellectual conscience? A conscience behind your "conscience"? Your decision, "this is right," has a previous history in your impulses, your likes and dislikes, your experiences and non-experiences; "_how_ has it originated?" you must ask, and afterwards the further question: "_what_ really impels me to give ear to it?" You can listen to its command like a brave soldier who hears the command of his officer.Page 195
Firstly, _Leibnitz's_ incomparable insightâwith which he obtained the advantage not only over Descartes, but over all who had philosophised up to his time,âthat consciousness is only an accident of mental representation, and _not_ its necessary and essential attribute; that consequently what we call consciousness only constitutes a state of our spiritual and psychical world (perhaps a morbid state), and is _far from being that world itself_:âis there anything German in this thought, the profundity of which has not as yet been exhausted? Is there reason to think that a person of the Latin race would not readily have stumbled on this reversal of the apparent?âfor it is a reversal.Page 244
_âBut while I slowly, slowly finish the painting of this sombre interrogation-mark, and am still inclined to remind my readers of the virtues of right readingâoh, what forgotten and unknown virtuesâit comes to pass that the wickedest, merriest, gnome-like laughter resounds around me: the spirits of my book themselves pounce upon me, pull me by the ears, and call me to order.Page 249
On the purple sail of a boat; On the harbour and tower steep, On the rocks that stand out of the deep, In the South! For I could no longer stay, To crawl in slow German way; So I called to the birds, bade the wind Lift me up and bear me away To the South! No reasons for me, if you please; Their end is too dull and too plain; But a pair of wings and a breeze, With courage and health and ease, And games that chase disease From the South! Wise thoughts can move without sound, But I've songs that I can't sing alone; So birdies, pray gather around, .Page 255
Could her vows be hollow? Or runs she after all that woo, Like the goats I follow? Whence your silken gown, my maid? Ah, you'd fain be haughty, Yet perchance you've proved a jade With some satyr naughty! Waiting long, the lovelorn wight Is filled with rage and poison: Even so on sultry night Toadstools grow in foison.