a simple and loving life of action, instead of Buddhistic
happiness attainable on earth;
(6) An ecclesiastical order with a priesthood, theology, cults, and
sacraments; in short, everything that Jesus of Nazareth _combated_;
(7) The _miraculous_ in everything and everybody, superstition too:
while precisely the trait which distinguished Judaism and primitive
Christianity was their _repugnance to_ miracles and their relative
_The psychological pre-requisites:--Ignorance_ and _lack of
culture,_--the sort of ignorance which has unlearned every kind of
shame: let any one imagine those impudent saints in the heart of
The _Jewish instinct of a chosen people_: they appropriate _all the
virtues,_ without further ado, as their own, and regard the rest of
the world as their opposite; this is a profound sign of _spiritual
_The total lack of real aims_ and real _duties,_ for which other
virtues are required than those of the bigot--_the State undertook
this work for them_: and the impudent people still behaved as though
they had no need of the State. "Except ye become as little children"
--oh, how far we are from this psychological ingenuousness!
The Founder of Christianity had to pay dearly for having directed His
teaching at the lowest classes of Jewish society and intelligence. They
understood Him only according to the limitations of their own spirit.
... It was a disgrace to concoct a history of salvation, a personal
God, a personal Saviour, a personal immortality, and to have retained
all the meanness of the "person," and of the "history" of a doctrine
which denies the reality of all that is personal and historical.
The legend of salvation takes the place of the symbolic "now" and "all
time," of the symbolic "here" and "everywhere"; and miracles appear
instead of the psychological symbol.
Nothing is less innocent than the New Testament. The soil from which it
sprang is known.
These people, possessed of an inflexible will to assert themselves, and
who, once they had lost all natural hold on life, and had long existed
without any right to existence, still knew how to prevail by means of
hypotheses which were as unnatural as they were imaginary (calling
themselves the chosen people, the community of saints, the people of
the promised land, and the "Church"): these people made use of their
_pia fraus_ with such skill, and with such "clean consciences," that
one cannot be too cautious when they preach morality. When Jews step
forward as the personification of innocence, the danger must be great.
While reading the New Testament a man should have his small fund of
intelligence, mistrust, and wickedness constantly at hand.
People of the lowest origin, partly mob, outcasts not only from
To-day my hand knows the trick, I now have the knack of reversing perspectives: the first reason perhaps why a _Transvaluation of all Values_ has been possible to me alone.Page 12
However un-Christian it may seem, I do not even bear any ill-feeling towards myself.Page 15
Against this resentment the invalid has only one great remedy--I call it _Russian fatalism,_ that fatalism which is free from revolt, and with which the Russian soldier, to whom a campaign proves unbearable, ultimately lays himself down in the snow.Page 16
of detrimental secretions, as, for instance, that of bile into the stomach.Page 27
After casting a glance between the pages of my _Zarathustra,_ I pace my room to and fro for half an hour at a time, unable to overcome an insufferable fit of tears.Page 37
"--Not that I should like to underestimate the pleasure I have derived from the innocence with which my works have frequently been contradicted.Page 42
The essays made him foresee a great future for me, namely, that of bringing about a sort of crisis and decisive turning-point in the problem of atheism, of which he recognised in me the most instinctive and most radical advocate.Page 53
For Voltaire, as the opposite of every one who wrote after him, was above all a grandee of the intellect; precisely what I am also.Page 62
In the morning I used to start out in a southerly direction up the glorious road to Zoagli, which rises up through a forest of pines and gives one a view far out to sea.Page 69
_ I am the inventor of the dithyramb.Page 74
If any one should desire to obtain a rapid sketch of how everything, before my time, was standing on its head, he should begin reading me in this book.Page 81
] [Footnote 5: Ever since the year 1617 such plays have been produced by the Protestants of Germany.Page 86
Not to have awakened to these discoveries before, struck me as being the sign of the greatest uncleanliness that mankind has on its conscience, as self-deception become instinctive, as the fundamental will to be blind to every phenomenon, all causality and all reality; in fact, as an almost criminal fraud _in psychologicis.Page 94
Creature of merry jest And favourite near and far, Pious with kindness blest, Amorosissima! What broke so soon the chain, .Page 95
"Little Angel" call they me, With hundred flags to ornament, A captain smart, on glory bent, Steers me, puffed with vanity (He himself's an ornament).Page 103
] [Footnote 3: Translated by Francis Bickley.Page 108