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

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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already aware of this: in things that
really matter--and these after all constitute culture,--the Germans
are no longer worth considering. I ask you, can you show me one single
man of brains who could be mentioned in the same breath with other
European thinkers, like your Goethe, your Hegel, your Heinrich Heine,
and your Schopenhauer?--The fact that there is no longer a single
German philosopher worth mentioning is an increasing wonder.


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Everything that matters has been lost sight of by the whole of the
higher educational system of Germany: the end quite as much as the
means to that end. People forget that education, the process of
cultivation itself, is the end--and not "the Empire"--they forget that
the _educator_ is required for this end--and not the public-school
teacher and university scholar. Educators are needed who are themselves
educated, superior and noble intellects, who can prove that they are
thus qualified, that they are ripe and mellow products of culture
at every moment of their lives, in word and in gesture;--not the
learned louts who, like "superior wet-nurses," are now thrust upon the
youth of the land by public schools and universities. With but rare
exceptions, that which is lacking in Germany is the first prerequisite
of education--that is to say, the educators; hence the decline of
German culture. One of those rarest exceptions is my highly respected
friend Jacob Burckhardt of Bâle: to him above all is Bâle indebted
for its foremost position in human culture What the higher schools
of Germany really do accomplish is this, they brutally train a vast
crowd of young men, in the smallest amount of time possible, to become
useful and exploitable servants of the state. "Higher education"
and a vast crowd--these terms contradict each other from the start
All superior education can only concern the exception: a man must be
privileged in order to have a right to such a great privilege. All
great and beautiful things cannot be a common possession: _pulchrum
est paucorum hominum._--What is it that brings about the decline of
German culture? The fact that "higher education" is no longer a special
privilege--the democracy of a process of cultivation that has become
"general," _common._ Nor must it be forgotten that the privileges of
the military profession by urging many too many to attend the higher
schools, involve the downfall of the latter. In modern Germany nobody
is at liberty to give his children a noble education: in regard to
their teachers, their curricula, and their educational aims, our higher
schools are one and all established upon a fundamentally doubtful
mediocre basis. Everywhere, too, a hastiness which is unbecoming

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että sinua rakastan!" -- Ja hehkuen lausuu kaikki -- puro, petäjä, vuorikin jäinen -- sanan katseilla täällä saman: "me rakastamme sua! ah lapsi, sa tiedät, sua kaikki me rakastamme!" Ja hän, poika, min uupuneet silmät kuumetta hehkuu, hän tuskassa suutelee heitä, yhä kiihkeämmin, ei lähteä tahdo; kuin hienona harsona sanansa puhuu hän suustansa, pahanilkisen sanan: "Mun tervehdykseni hyvästiä on, mun tuloni lähtöä, ma nuorena kuolen.
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Syv' itku sen --, syvempi vielä ilon-syys: Huol' itkee: kestä en! Vaan ilon miel' on iäisyys --, -- on syvä, syvä iäisyys!" MISTRALILLE Tanssilaulu Mistral-tuuli, pilven turma, mustan murheen kirkas surma pauhaava, sua lemmin ma! Esikoiset saman sylin oomme, kohtalomme ylin yks on ikuisuuksista.
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On kotoni korkeudessa, ma korkeuksiin en kaipaa.
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