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

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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are somebodies.


We no longer value ourselves sufficiently highly when we communicate
our soul's content. Our real experiences are not at all garrulous. They
could not communicate themselves even if they wished to. They are at a
loss to find words for such confidences. Those things for which we find
words, are things wehave already overcome. In all speech there lies
an element of contempt. Speech, it would seem, was only invented for
average, mediocre and communicable things.--Every spoken word proclaims
the speaker vulgarised--(Extract from a moral code for deaf-and-dumb
people and other philosophers.)


"This picture is perfectly beautiful!"[4] The dissatisfied and
exasperated literary woman with a desert in her heart and in her belly,
listening with agonised curiosity every instant to the imperative
which whispers to her from the very depths of her being: _aut liberi,
aut libri:_ the literary woman, sufficiently educated to understand the
voice of nature, even when nature speaks Latin, and moreover enough
of a peacock and a goose to speak even French with herself in secret
"_Je me verrai, je me lirai, je m'extasierai et je dirai: Possible, que
j'aie eu tant d'esprit?_" ...


The objective ones speak.--"Nothing comes more easily to us, than to
be wise, patient, superior. We are soaked in the oil of indulgence and
of sympathy, we are absurdly just we forgive everything. Precisely on
that account we should be severe with ourselves; for that very reason
we ought from time to time to go in for a little emotion, a little
emotional vice. It may seem bitter to us; and between ourselves we may
even laugh at the figure which it makes us cut But what does it matter?
We have no other kind of self-control left. This is our asceticism, our
manner of performing penance." _To become personal_--the virtues of the
"impersonal and objective one."


_Extract from a doctor's examination paper.--_"What is the task of all
higher schooling?"--To make man into a machine. "What are the means
employed?"--He must learn how to be bored. "How is this achieved?"--By
means of the concept duty. "What example of duty has he before his
eyes?"--The philologist: it is he who teaches people how to swat.
"Who is the perfect man?"--The Government official. "Which philosophy
furnishes the highest formula for the Government official?"--Kant's
philosophy: the Government official as thing-in-itself made judge over
the Government official as appearance.


_The right to Stupidity._--The worn-out worker, whose breath is
slow, whose look is good-natured, and who lets things slide just as
they please: this typical figure which in this age of labour (and
of "Empire!") is to be met with in all classes of society, has

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