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

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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beauty is his defence. He lays his hands on the next thousand

His love increases as he sees the impossibility of avoiding the
affliction of pain with it.


Zarathustra's mood is not one of mad impatience for Superman! It is
peaceful, it can wait: but all action has derived some purpose from
being the road and means thither,--and must be done well and perfectly.

The repose of the great stream! Consecration of the smallest thing.
All unrest, and violent longing, all loathing should be presented in
the third part and be overcome! The gentleness, and mildness, &c, in
the first and second parts are both signs of a power which is not yet

With the recovery of Zarathustra, Cæsar stands there inexorable
and kind:--the gulf separating creation, goodness, and wisdom is

Clearness, peace, no exaggerated craving, happiness in the moment which
is properly occupied and immortalised!


Zarathustra, Part III.: "I myself am happy."--When he had taken leave
of mankind he returned unto himself. Like a cloud it vanishes from him.
The manner in which Superman must live: like an Epicurean God.

Divine suffering is the substance of the third part of Zarathustra. The
human state of the legislator is only brought forward as an example.

His intense love for his friends seems to him a disease,--once more he
becomes peaceful.

When the invitations come he gently evades them.


In the fourth part it is necessary to say precisely why it is that the
time of the great noon has come: It is really a description of the age
given by means of visits, but interpreted by Zarathustra.

In the fourth part it is necessary to say precisely why "a chosen
people" has first to be created:--they are the lucky cases of nature
as opposed to the unlucky (exemplified by the visitors): only to them
--the lucky cases--is Zarathustra able to express himself concerning
ultimate problems, them alone is he able to inspire with activity on
behalf of this theory. They are strong, healthy, hard and above all
noble enough for him to give them the hammer with which to remould the
whole world.


The unity in power of the creator, the lover and the knight of


Love alone shall judge--(the creative love which forgets itself in its


Zarathustra can only dispense happiness once the order of rank is
established. Therefore this doctrine must be taught first.

The order of rank develops into a system of earthly dominion: the lords
of the earth come last, a new ruling caste. Here and there there arises
from them a perfectly Epicurean God, a Superman, a transfigurer of

The Superhuman's notion of the world.

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) But what forces it into that unqualified will for truth is the faith _in the ascetic ideal itself_, even though it take the form of its unconscious imperatives,--make no mistake about it, it is the faith, I repeat, in a _metaphysical_ value, an _intrinsic_ value of truth, of a character which is only warranted and guaranteed in this ideal (it stands and falls with that ideal).
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