Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

By Friedrich Nietzsche

Page 112

does, is sent immediately to Schopenhauer himself;
for who will let a donkey-driver prevent him from mounting a fine horse,
however much he praise his donkey?

Whoever has recognised Nature's unreason in our time, will have to
consider some means to help her; his task will be to bring the free
spirits and the sufferers from this age to know Schopenhauer; and
make them tributaries to the flood that is to overbear all the clumsy
uses to which Nature even now is accustomed to put her philosophers.
Such men will see that the identical obstacles hinder the effect of a
great philosophy and the production of the great philosopher; and so
will direct their aims to prepare the regeneration of Schopenhauer,
which means that of the philosophical genius. The real opposition to
the further spread of his doctrine in the past, and the regeneration
of the philosopher in the future, is the perversity of human nature
as it is; and all the great men that are to be must spend infinite
pains in freeing themselves from it. The world they enter is
plastered over with pretence,--including not merely religious dogmas,
but such juggling conceptions as "progress," "universal education,"
"nationalism," "the modern state"; practically all our general terms
have an artificial veneer over them that will bring a clearer-sighted
posterity to reproach our age bitterly for its warped and stunted
growth, however loudly we may boast of our "health." The beauty of
the antique vases, says Schopenhauer, lies in the simplicity with
which they express their meaning and object; it is so with all the
ancient implements; if Nature produced amphoræ, lamps, tables,
chairs, helmets, shields, breastplates and the like, they would
resemble these. And, as a corollary, whoever considers how we all
manage our art, politics, religion and education--to say nothing of
our vases!--will find in them a barbaric exaggeration and
arbitrariness of expression. Nothing is more unfavourable to
the rise of genius than such monstrosities. They are unseen and
undiscoverable, the leaden weights on his hand when he will set it to
the plough; the weights are only shaken off with violence, and his
highest work must to an extent always bear the mark of it.

In considering the conditions that, at best, keep the born
philosopher from being oppressed by the perversity of the age, I am
surprised to find they are partly those in which Schopenhauer himself
grew up. True, there was no lack of opposing influences; the evil
time drew perilously near him in the person of a vain and pretentious
mother. But the proud republican character of his father rescued him
from her and gave

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

Page 0
Both were written in the few months of feverish activity that Nietzsche could spare from his duties as Professor of Classical Philology in Bâle.
Page 19
There is such a star, a bright and lordly star, and the conjunction is really altered--by science, and the demand for history to be a science.
Page 23
Page 27
To all others they are something else, not men, not "beasts or gods," but historical pictures of the march of civilisation, and nothing but pictures and civilisation, form without any ascertainable substance, bad form unfortunately, and uniform at that.
Page 35
Make of yourselves a mirror where the future may see itself, and forget the superstition that you are Epigoni.
Page 37
For it ceases to have life if it be perfectly dissected, and lives in pain and anguish as soon as the historical dissection begins.
Page 40
The natural result of it all is the favourite "popularising" of science (or rather its feminising and infantising), the villainous habit of cutting the cloth of science to fit the figure of the "general public.
Page 59
And every man in this generation must subdue himself to pass the judgment on his own nature, which he might pass more easily on his whole time:--"We are without instruction, nay, we are too corrupt to live, to see and hear truly and simply, to understand what is near and natural to us.
Page 61
To the others there will appear, in the meantime, nothing but a row of covered dishes, that may perhaps seem empty: until they see one day with astonished eyes that the dishes are full,.
Page 68
You can go through all Germany, and especially all the universities, with this need in your heart, and will not find what you seek; many humbler wishes than that are still unfulfilled there.
Page 75
All the traits in which we do not see the great philosopher show us the suffering man, anxious for his noblest possessions; he was tortured by the fear of losing his little property, and perhaps of no longer being able to maintain in its purity his truly antique attitude towards philosophy.
Page 79
And let him surround himself with the pictures of good and brave fighters such as Schopenhauer.
Page 84
One would not even ask them, as Tannhäuser did Biterolf, "What hast thou, poor wretch, enjoyed!" For, alas! we know far better ourselves, in another way.
Page 94
The knowledge transfigures her, and there rests on her face the gentle weariness of evening that men call "beauty.
Page 101
He would much rather.
Page 103
Science has the same relation to wisdom as current morality to holiness: she is cold and dry, loveless, and ignorant of any deep feeling of dissatisfaction and yearning.
Page 105
Seventhly, he will follow the usual road of all the professors, where a feeling for truth springs from a lack of ideas, and the wheel once started goes on.
Page 109
What significance has any particular form of culture for these several travellers? The enormous throng that press to their end on the first road, understand by it the laws and institutions that enable them to go forward in regular fashion and rule out all the solitary and obstinate people who look towards higher and remoter objects.
Page 118
The only method of criticising a philosophy that is possible and proves anything at all--namely to see whether one can live by it--has never been taught at the universities; only the criticism of words, and again words, is taught there.
Page 125
" If this be the case in our time, the dignity of philosophy is trodden in the mire; and she seems herself to have become ridiculous or insignificant.