an honest and
sincere reformer ought no longer to find us prejudiced--to the extent
of deafness--against him, more particularly when he comes forward with
a gospel--"The Will to Power"--which is, above all, a test of our power
ANTHONY M. LUDOVICI.
[Footnote 1: _Naturwissenschaft im Allgemeinen_ (Weimar Edition, i.
II, p. 132).]
Concerning great things one should either be silent or one should speak
loftily:--loftily--that is to say, cynically and innocently.
What I am now going to relate is the history of the next two centuries.
I shall describe what will happen, what must necessarily happen:
_the triumph of Nihilism._ This history can be written already; for
necessity itself is at work in bringing it about. This future is
already proclaimed by a hundred different omens; as a destiny it
announces its advent everywhere, for this music of to-morrow all ears
are already pricked. The whole of our culture in Europe has long
been writhing in an agony of suspense which increases from decade
to decade as if in expectation of a catastrophe: restless, violent,
helter-skelter, like a torrent that will _reach its bourne,_ and
refuses to reflect--yea, that even dreads reflection.
On the other hand, the present writer has done little else, hitherto,
than _reflect and meditate,_ like an instinctive philosopher and
anchorite, who found his advantage in isolation--in remaining outside,
in patience, procrastination, and lagging behind; like a weighing and
testing spirit who has already lost his way in every labyrinth of
the future; like a prophetic bird-spirit that _looks backwards_ when
it would announce what is to come; like the first perfect European
Nihilist, who, however, has already outlived Nihilism in his own
soul--who has out-grown, overcome, and dismissed it.
For the reader must not misunderstand the meaning of the title which
has been given to this Evangel of the Future. "_The Will to Power:
An Attempted Transvaluation of all Values_"--with this formula a
_counter-movement_ finds expression, in regard to both a principle and
a mission; a movement which in some remote future will supersede this
perfect Nihilism; but which nevertheless regards it as a _necessary
step,_ both logically and psychologically, towards its own advent,
and which positively cannot come, except _on top of_ and _out of_ it.
For, why is the triumph of Nihilism _inevitable_ now? Because the
very values current amongst us
THE GOOD SEDUCES TO LIFE.Page 34
--A more subtle variety is the joy that arises at the sight of all that is regular and symmetrical in lines, points, and rhythms.Page 36
AGAINST THE SHORT-SIGHTED.Page 43
On the whole, the remnant of art (it must be honestly confessed) suffices for this need.Page 49
--By woman Nature shows how far she has hitherto achieved her task of fashioning humanity, by man she shows what she has had to overcome and what she still proposes to do for humanity.Page 82
--On the heights it is warmer than people in the valleys suppose, especially in winter.Page 99
They all have the same object in view--to force us to a decision in matters where neither faith nor knowledge is needed.Page 106
It is arbitrary to stop at the criminal himself when we punish his past: if we will not grant the absolute excusability of every crime, we should stop at each individual case and probe no farther into the past--in other words, isolate guilt and not connect it with previous actions.Page 116
Thus arises a foundation of moral judgments and sentiments, but the greatest contribution is made by superstition.Page 117
Or that he will give a free rein to his caprices, because the predestined cannot be made worse by that course.Page 128
Thirdly, we must reckon whole nations in which there is no "society," but all the greater number of individuals with a bent towards solitude, mystical thinking, and a reverence for all that is inexpressible; these are the genuine "musical souls.Page 147
The same influence extends to the very highest and most intellectual states.Page 164
the neighbour's pleasure comes in, since his former benevolence brings him interest.Page 173
To this end they need wars, or in other words exceptional circumstances, in which that slow, lawful pressure of the democratic forces is relaxed.Page 178
The Sophist Hippias, who himself earned and made all that he wore within and without, is the representative of the highest freedom of mind and personality.Page 187
--We ought not to desire victory if we only have the prospect of overcoming our opponent by a hair's breadth.