Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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the rogue E. von Hartmann tells us.
Though redemption can scarcely be the conscious aim of these people:
the world were better redeemed by being redeemed from these "men" and
"graybeards." For then would come the reign of youth.


And in this kingdom of youth I can cry Land! Land! Enough, and more
than enough, of the wild voyage over dark strange seas, of eternal
search and eternal disappointment! The coast is at last in sight.
Whatever it be, we must land there, and the worst haven is better
than tossing again in the hopeless waves of an infinite scepticism.
Let us hold fast by the land: we shall find the good harbours later
and make the voyage easier for those who come after us.

The voyage was dangerous and exciting. How far are we even now from
that quiet state of contemplation with which we first saw our ship
launched! In tracking out the dangers of history, we have found
ourselves especially exposed to them. We carry on us the marks of
that sorrow which an excess of history brings in its train to the men
of the modern time. And this present treatise, as I will not attempt
to deny, shows the modern note of a weak personality in the
intemperateness of its criticism, the unripeness of its humanity, in
the too frequent transitions from irony to cynicism, from arrogance
to scepticism. And yet I trust in the inspiring power that directs my
vessel instead of genius; I trust in _youth_, that has brought me on
the right road in forcing from me a protest against the modern
historical education, and a demand that the man must learn to live,
above all, and only use history in the service of the life that he
has learned to live. He must be young to understand this protest; and
considering the premature grayness of our present youth, he can
scarcely be young enough if he would understand its reason as well.
An example will help me. In Germany, not more than a century ago, a
natural instinct for what is called "poetry" was awakened in some
young men. Are we to think that the generations who had lived before
that time had not spoken of the art, however really strange and
unnatural it may have been to them? We know the contrary; that they
had thought, written, and quarrelled about it with all their
might--in "words, words, words." Giving life to such words did not
prove the death of the word-makers; in a certain sense they are
living still. For if, as Gibbon says, nothing but

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