Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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By Friedrich Nietzsche

Translated By Thomas Common

PG Editor's Note:


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... XXXVII. Immaculate Perception.

XXXVIII. Scholars.


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...Notes on "Thus Spake Zarathustra" by Anthony M. Ludovici.



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...most revered
in those days are no longer held to be the highest types of men....

Page 4 of the present could realise with all their
spiritual and physical energies, provided they adopted...

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...prudent, and often enough shipwrecked
and brought to grief, nevertheless dangerously healthy, always healthy
again,--it would seem...

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...first occurred to me in August 1881. I made a note of the
thought on a...

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How he longed, in those days, for the ideal friend who would thoroughly
understand him, to...

Page 8 about the middle of February 1883. "The
last lines were written precisely in the hallowed...

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...which one obtained a general view of Rome and could
hear the fountains plashing far below,...

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...possible to set aside completely the idea
that one is the mere incarnation, mouthpiece or medium...

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...the third part of "Zarathustra". "In the winter, beneath the
halcyon sky of Nice, which then...

Page 12 the reasons which
led my brother to select a Persian as the incarnation of his...

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I would fain bestow and distribute, until the wise have once more become
joyous in their...

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not believe that we come with gifts.

The fall of our footsteps ringeth too hollow through...

Page 15 are they, decaying ones and poisoned ones themselves,
of whom the earth is weary: so...

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...enough of the rope-dancer; it is time now for us to see him!"
And all the...

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...him who chasteneth his God, because he loveth his God: for he
must succumb through the...

Page 18"--so
asketh the last man and blinketh.

The earth hath then become small, and on it there...

Page 19 a little door, and was going along the
rope which was stretched between two towers,...

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...people dispersed, for even curiosity and terror become
fatigued. Zarathustra, however, still sat beside the dead...

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...his way. When he had
gone on for two hours, past forests and swamps, he had...

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...who will follow me because they want to
follow themselves--and to the place where I will.


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...through the air in wide circles,
and on it hung a serpent, not like a prey,...

Page 24 the loneliest wilderness happeneth the second metamorphosis: here
the spirit becometh a lion; freedom will...

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it, and all the youths sat before his chair. To him went Zarathustra,
and sat among...

Page 26 be summoned--sleep, the
lord of the virtues!

But I think of what I have done and...

Page 27 look away from his suffering
and forget himself. Intoxicating joy and self-forgetting, did the world

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...and that teach I unto men: no longer
to thrust one's head into the sand of...

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...word. I wish them neither
to learn afresh, nor teach anew, but only to bid farewell...

Page 30 each serve your Self, ye despisers
of the body. I tell you, your very Self...

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...wild dogs in thy cellar: but they changed at last into
birds and charming songstresses.

Out of...

Page 32 the thought, another thing is the deed, and another
thing is the idea of the...

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...disgust, and verily, not their
evil. I would that they had a madness by which they...

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...there is always, also, some
method in madness.

And to me also, who appreciate life, the butterflies,...

Page 35 on the height?

My contempt and my longing increase together; the higher I clamber, the

Page 36 put him aside.

The new, would the noble man create, and a new virtue. The...

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...YE cease! See to it that the life ceaseth which is only suffering!

And let this...

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...the sake of
your thoughts! And if your thoughts succumb, your uprightness shall
still shout triumph thereby!


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say unto you my word concerning the death of peoples.

A state, is called the coldest...

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...the good and the
bad: the state, where all lose themselves, the good and the bad:...

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represent them: those representers, the people call great men.

Little do the people understand what is...

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...thy pride will not even upbraid.

Blood they would have from thee in all innocence; blood...

Page 43 their eye saith it--they know nothing better
on earth than to lie with a woman.


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...want merely to overleap envy. And often we
attack and make ourselves enemies, to conceal that...

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...along with the light.

As yet woman is not capable of friendship: women are still cats,...

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...thus mastering itself, became pregnant and
heavy with great hopes.

Verily, men have given unto themselves all...

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...his neighbour.

Do I advise you to neighbour-love? Rather do I advise you to
neighbour-flight and to...

Page 48!--

Thus spake Zarathustra.


Wouldst thou go into isolation, my brother?...

Page 49 brother, the word "disdain"? And the anguish of
thy justice in being just to those...

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...twilight, Zarathustra? And
what hidest thou so carefully under thy mantle?

Is it a treasure that hath...

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...happiness of man is, "I will." The happiness of woman is, "He will."

"Lo! now hath...

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...ever know this? Shared injustice is half justice. And he who can
bear it, shall take...

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...those who created it. The reverence for one another, as those
exercising such a will, call...

Page 54 I such a will, and such a marriage.--

Thus spake Zarathustra.


Many die too...

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...more a success.

Many never become sweet; they rot even in the summer. It is cowardice

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...leave of the town to which his heart was
attached, the name of which is "The...

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...and fighter. And the
spirit--what is it to the body? Its fights' and victories' herald, its

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...ruled nonsense, the lack-of-sense.

Let your spirit and your virtue be devoted to the sense of...

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...I be with you for the third time, to celebrate the great
noontide with you.

And it...

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...mine animals?--said Zarathustra. Am I not
transformed? Hath not bliss come unto me like a whirlwind?


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...learn to roar softly! And much have we already
learned with one another!

My wild wisdom became...

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...perishable would be
but a lie?

To think this is giddiness and vertigo to human limbs, and...

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...he not amongst us as if amongst animals?"

But it is better said in this wise:...

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...deed." But here one should not wish to be sparing.

Like a boil is the evil...

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...have suffered too much--:
so they want to make others suffer.

Bad enemies are they: nothing is...

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...disguised affliction convince!

Verily, their Saviours themselves came not from freedom and freedom's
seventh heaven! Verily, they...

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...will I be called by you.

All the secrets of your heart shall be brought to...

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...they elevate themselves only that they may lower others.

And again there are those who sit...

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...with their lustfulness; and when they
called their filthy dreams delight, then poisoned they also the...

Page 70 a life at whose waters none
of the rabble drink with me!

Almost too violently dost...

Page 71 I tear at your web, that your rage may lure you out of your

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...the best world-maligners and heretic-burners.

With these preachers of equality will I not be mixed up...

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...because it
was a pleasantry and a by-path for the people. Thus doth the master give

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...thus wilt thou thyself advance with his spirit and virtue!"

And verily, ye famous wise ones,...

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...unappeasable, is within me; it longeth to find
expression. A craving for love is within me,...

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shining ones! Oh, ye only drink milk and refreshment from the light's

Ah, there is ice...

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...called by you men the 'profound one,' or the 'faithful one,'
'the eternal one,' 'the mysterious...

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...are the graves
of my youth. Thither will I carry an evergreen wreath of life."

Resolving thus...

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...fleeting gleam!

Thus spake once in a happy hour my purity: "Divine shall everything be
unto me."


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...course will it go upon my feet, mine old Will; hard of heart is its

Page 81 things, there heard I also the language of
obedience. All living things are obeying things.


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...path and footstep of my will:
verily, my Will to Power walketh even on the feet...

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And ye tell me, friends, that there is to be no dispute about taste and

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...and descendeth into the visible--I call
such condescension, beauty.

And from no one do I want beauty...

Page 85 me.

Rather would I be a day-labourer in the nether-world, and among the
shades of the...

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...will I make amends for being the child of my fathers:
and unto all the future--for...

Page 87 beauty? Where I MUST WILL with my whole Will; where I will love
and perish,...

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...and all deep seas.

And this meaneth TO ME knowledge: all that is deep shall ascend--to...

Page 89 eye on one another, and do not trust each other the
best. Ingenious in little...

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...least of all the belief in myself.

But granting that some one did say in all...

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...seemeth to me all the
jingle-jangling of their harps; what have they known hitherto of the

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...they recognise with the greatest
surprise that it was Zarathustra; for they had all seen him...

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...smoke about them.

And believe me, friend Hullabaloo! The greatest events--are not our
noisiest, but our stillest...

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...of the heart
of the earth: for, that thou mayst know it,--THE HEART OF THE EARTH...

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...for three days
he did not take any meat or drink: he had no rest, and...

Page 96 me.

Fearfully was I terrified thereby: it prostrated me. And I cried with
horror as I...

Page 97 over the great bridge, then did the
cripples and beggars surround him, and a hunchback...

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...told me, however, that the big ear was not only a
man, but a great man,...

Page 99 the Will's lonesomest tribulation.

Willing emancipateth: what doth Willing itself devise in order to get

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...spirit of revenge and all teeth-gnashing?

And who hath taught it reconciliation with time, and something...

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...amongst men, must know how to
wash himself even with dirty water.

And thus spake I often...

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...hunter shall have a good hunt!

And verily, ye good and just! In you there is...

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...was there once more spoken unto me without voice: "Thou knowest it,
Zarathustra, but thou dost...

Page 104 come: thus
wilt thou command, and in commanding go foremost."--

And I answered: "I am ashamed."


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...and ridges and summits he had already climbed.

I am a wanderer and mountain-climber, said he...

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...he had never been before.
And when he had reached the top of the mountain-ridge, behold,...

Page 107 came to pass that the laugher wept--with anger and
longing wept Zarathustra bitterly.


Page 108 did I resemble, whom bad torture wearieth, and a worse
dream reawakeneth out of his...

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...what thinkest thou, dwarf, of
This Moment? Must not this gateway also--have already existed?

And are not...

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...cried with one voice out of

Ye daring ones around me! Ye venturers and adventurers, and...

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...for the sake of his children must Zarathustra perfect

For in one's heart one loveth only...

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..."It is time!" But I--heard not,
until at last mine abyss moved, and my thought bit...

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...thy stars. Thou speakest
not: THUS proclaimest thou thy wisdom unto me.

Mute o'er the raging sea...

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...cannot bless shall LEARN to curse!"--this clear teaching
dropt unto me from the clear heaven; this...

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...The day cometh: so let us part!--

Thus spake Zarathustra.



When Zarathustra was again...

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...coughing an objection to strong
winds--they divine nothing of the boisterousness of my happiness!

"We have not...

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and at the same time they peer modestly after a new small happiness.

In their hearts...

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...ears! And so will I shout it out
unto all the winds:

Ye ever become smaller, ye...

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...even two of them;
also the lanes maketh he lonesome, so that the moonlight is afraid...

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...see therethrough and thereunder.

But precisely unto him came the shrewder distrusters and nut-crackers:
precisely from him...

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...Zarathustra:" for he had learned from him something of the
expression and modulation of language, and...

Page 122 of compressed souls and slender breasts, of pointed
eyes and sticky fingers--

--On the city of...

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...see them run forth at early morn with valorous steps: but
the feet of their knowledge...

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deeper into obscurity and vapour!

And verily, thou choosest the hour well: for just now do...

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...with old
people! So it is with us also!"--

--Thus spake to each other the two old...

Page 126 ride upon thy back. On every simile dost thou here ride to
every truth.

Uprightly and...

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...them talketh, everything is out-talked. And that which
yesterday was still too hard for time itself...

Page 128 on a promontory--
beyond the world; I held a pair of scales, and WEIGHED the...

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the high stoop to the low? And what enjoineth even the highest still--to
grow upwards?--

Now stand...

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...virtue"--thus did Zarathustra once name the

And then it happened also,--and verily, it happened for the...

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Thus spake Zarathustra.



My mouthpiece--is of the people: too...

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...itself this dowry. For the sake of it we
are forgiven for living.

And therefore suffereth one...

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...MY taste,--rather would I live amongst thieves and
perjurers. Nobody carrieth gold in his mouth.

Still more...

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...long known what was good and bad for men.

An old wearisome business seemed to them...

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...up from the path the word "Superman,"
and that man is something that must be surpassed.


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...hath given itself--we are ever considering WHAT we
can best give IN RETURN!

And verily, it is...

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...everything still"--: but CONTRARY thereto,
preacheth the thawing wind!

The thawing wind, a bullock, which is no...

Page 138 I once said in parable: "That is just divinity, that
there are Gods, but no...

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...say the people. I, however,
say unto you: To the swine all things become swinish!

Therefore preach...

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...the nature of weak men: they lose themselves on their
way. And at last asketh their...

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...and preferreth to languish:--

--A span-breadth from his goal, to languish! Verily, ye will have to

Page 142 not teach to fly, teach I pray you--TO FALL FASTER!--


I love the brave: but...

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...hath not had laughter along with it!


Your marriage-arranging: see that it be not a bad...

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...and just looked some one
once on a time, who said: "They are the Pharisees." But...

Page 145 little fate in your

And if ye will not be fates and inexorable ones, how...

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And once thou art awake, then shalt thou ever remain awake. It is not
MY custom...

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...the most alike doth semblance deceive most delightfully: for the
smallest gap is most difficult to...

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...thereby want to be man's accuser? Ah, mine animals,
this only have I learned hitherto, that...

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...are needed new lyres.

Sing and bubble over, O Zarathustra, heal thy soul with new lays:...

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...eagle, when they
found him silent in such wise, respected the great stillness around him,
and prudently...

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...of us oweth thanks?--

--Doth the giver not owe thanks because the receiver received? Is
bestowing not...

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...a laughing,
questioning, melting, thrown glance:

Twice only movedst thou thy rattle with thy little hands--then did...

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...of my whip shalt thou dance and cry! I forget not my
whip?--Not I!"--


Then did Life...

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...flashes of lightning:--

--Blessed, however, is he who is thus charged! And verily, long must he

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confection-bowl mix well:--

--For there is a salt which uniteth good with evil; and even the...

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rings--the ring of the return?

Never yet have I found the woman by whom I should...

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...according to my heart: I will to-day
ascend a high mountain! But see that honey is...

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...time: it hath forgotten me perhaps? Or doth it sit
behind a big stone and catch...

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...had spent and wasted the old
honey to the very last particle. When he thus sat,...

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...have come that I may seduce thee
to thy last sin!"--

And hardly had those words been...

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...hard beset by an
evil beast.

He is in MY domain: therein shall he receive no scath!...

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...all is false and foul,
above all the blood--thanks to old evil diseases and worse curers.


Page 163 sorer misfortune in all human destiny, than when the mighty
of the earth are not...

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...refined features. But he restrained
himself. "Well!" said he, "thither leadeth the way, there lieth the

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...Zarathustra sympathetically, and held him
fast; "thou art mistaken. Here thou art not at home, but...

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...equal. Therefore said I: 'here am I
at home.'

How long have I investigated this one thing,...

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...all the world.
At last, however, after much trembling, and convulsion, and
curling-himself-up, he began to lament...

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...Shameless one! Thou unknown one!--Thief!
What seekst thou by thy...

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To me the last of lonesome ones,

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...false enough for me!

Thou bad false coiner, how couldst thou do otherwise! Thy very malady

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of the magician, and said, full of politeness and policy:

"Well! Up thither leadeth the way,...

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howling; and he who could have given me protection--he is himself no

I was seeking the...

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...last his death?"--

The old pope however did not answer, but looked aside timidly, with a

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...That he took revenge on his pots and creations, however,
because they turned out badly--that was...

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...a rock, all at once the
landscape changed, and Zarathustra entered into a realm of death....

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...again upon thy

Thou hast divined, I know it well, how the man feeleth who killed

Page 177 do they teach that
'good is only what petty people call good.'

And 'truth' is at...

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...before: for he asked himself many things, and hardly knew what
to answer.

"How poor indeed is...

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they about to give me their answer. Why dost thou disturb them?

Except we be...

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...eye. It is no longer true that the poor are blessed.
The kingdom of heaven, however,...

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amiable one! though it be hard for thee. For they are thy warmest
friends and...

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...always on the way,
but without a goal, also without a home: so that verily, I...

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...fair wind for him.

What still remaineth to me? A heart weary and flippant; an unstable

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...For as the proverb of Zarathustra
saith: "One thing is more necessary than the other." Only...

Page 185 the heart? To
the heart! Oh, break up, break up, my heart, after such happiness,...

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...on the left, the old magician, the pope, the voluntary
beggar, the shadow, the intellectually conscientious...

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...also, yea, and the heart with it! Welcome here,
welcome to you, my guests!"

Thus spake Zarathustra,...

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...of them must rise up to thee: thy boat
shall not rest much longer on dry...

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misshapen. There is no smith in the world that could hammer you right
and straight for...

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...about freezing, drowning,
suffocating, and other bodily dangers: none of you, however, have
thought of MY danger,...

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...and me; and if it be not given us, then do
we take it:--the best food,...

Page 192 in man is that he is an over-going and a
down-going. And also in you...

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type shall succumb,--for ye shall always have it worse and harder. Thus

--Thus only groweth man...

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...legs! Do not get yourselves
CARRIED aloft; do not seat yourselves on other people's backs and...

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...of two or of three women.

And if he founded monasteries, and inscribed over their portals:...

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...this absolute one. He sprang from
the populace.

And he himself just did not love sufficiently; otherwise...

Page 197, the sorrow-sighing, and all the
populace-sadness! Oh, how sad the buffoons of the populace seem...

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of deceit and magic attack me, my melancholy devil,

--Which is an adversary to this Zarathustra...

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... Merely poet!
A brute insidious, plundering, grovelling,

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... Fierce 'gainst all lamb-spirits,
Furious-fierce all that look

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...make ado about the

Alas, to all free spirits who are not on their guard against...

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...calleth it 'the beast inside.'

Such prolonged ancient fear, at last become subtle, spiritual and
intellectual--at present,...

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lo! the good, pious pope there hath tears in his eyes, and hath quite
embarked again...

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... Ye friendly damsels dearly loved,
At whose...

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... Flying insects
Round-sniffled and round-played,

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...other leg--
In the sanctified precincts,

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...God's help to me!


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...physician and teacher.

The DISGUST departeth from these higher men; well! that is my victory.
In my...

Page 209 to wear long ears, and only to say Yea and
never Nay! Hath he not...

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...he say that he once killed him, with Gods DEATH is always just a

--"And thou,"...

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...hidden one, thou destroyer without wrath, thou
dangerous saint,--thou art a rogue!"


Then, however, did it come...

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...which in this astonishing long day
was most astonishing: the ugliest man began once more and...

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...crowd of the honouring
and caring ones; but he did not speak. All at once, however,...

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...higher man, take heed! this talk is
for fine ears, for thine ears--WHAT SAITH DEEP MIDNIGHT'S...

Page 215 God's woe, not at me!
What am I! A drunken sweet lyre,--

--A midnight-lyre, a bell-frog,...

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...say: Hence! Go! but come back! FOR JOYS ALL WANT--ETERNITY!


All joy wanteth the eternity of...

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...thy proud modesty
upbraid for it!

Well! they still sleep, these higher men, whilst _I_ am awake:...

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...then he became quite mute. His heart, however,
was loosed, and from his eyes there dropped...

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...HAPPINESS? I strive after my WORK!

Well! The lion hath come, my children are nigh, Zarathustra...

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...the beginner ought to undertake to read. The
author himself refers to it as the deepest...

Page 221 perplexity before certain
passages in the book before us, and wonder what they mean. Now,...

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Christianity this type was, according to Nietzsche, a low one.

Conflicting moral codes have been no...

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...alive. Hence
his earnest advocacy of noble-morality.

(C.) Nietzsche and Evolution.

Nietzsche as an evolutionist I shall have...

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...clear that these words may be taken almost literally from one whose
ideal was the rearing...

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...Preachers of Death.

This is an analysis of the psychology of all those who have the...

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...are to be the fathers of the next generation. By destroying these
particular instincts, that is...

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introduction to "The Genealogy of Morals" (written in 1887) he finds it
necessary to refer...

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...we get the best exposition in the whole book of
Nietzsche's doctrine of the Will to...

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...he reveals the nature of his altruism.
How far it differs from that of Christianity we...

Page 230 we find Nietzsche
face to face with the creature he most sincerely loathes--the spirit
of revolution,...

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...individuality is supposed to be shown most tellingly by putting
boots on one's hands and gloves...

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...of "the spirit of gravity." This creature
half-dwarf, half-mole, whom he bears with him a certain...

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...will not require to be told
what an important role his doctrine of chance plays in...

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...will be found fully elucidated in the fifth part
of "The Twilight of the Idols"; but...

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...back to the conventions of
the age they intended reforming. The French then say "le diable...

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...of his experiment.

Chapter LIV. The Three Evil Things.

Nietzsche is here completely in his element. Three...

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...foundering on the rocks of a
"Compromise" between their own genius and traditional conventions. The
only possible...

Page 238 doctrine has of
surviving, nowadays, depends upon its being given to the world in some

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...paragraph. It is a protest
against reading a moral order of things in life. "Life is...

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...all that springs from weakness is
bad. The weak and ill-constituted shall perish: first principle of...

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...he was conscious of
the responsibility he threw upon our shoulders when he invited us to

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...which Darwin and Nietzsche
will meet, is an interesting one. The former says in his "Origin...

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...down. Examining these heterodox
pronouncements a little more closely, however, we may possibly perceive
their truth. Regarding...

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...of the
dangers threatening greatness in our age. In "Beyond Good and Evil" he
writes: "There are...

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...Cry of Distress.

We now meet with Zarathustra in extraordinary circumstances. He is
confronted with Schopenhauer and...

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...however, there want
I also to be honest--namely, severe, rigorous, restricted, cruel, and
inexorable." Zarathustra greatly respecting...

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...all the more severe. Nietzsche
at length realised that the friend of his fancy and the...

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too as a guest to the cave.

Chapter LXVII. The Ugliest Man.

This discourse contains perhaps the...

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...grades of society. In Aphorism 20 of "The
Antichrist", he compares it exhaustively with Christianity, and

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...out: "Nothing is true; all is permitted," and then they
become mere wreckage. "Too much hath...

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...wished henceforth to make snugger couches for you
sufferers? Or show you restless, miswandering, misclimbing ones...

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...for oneself.

Par. 13.

"I am a railing alongside the torrent; whoever is able to grasp me,...

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...while reproving the musician in the style
of "The Case of Wagner". When the magician retaliates...

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...outlook by falling victims to the narrowest
and most superstitious of creeds. So much for the...

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...for they retreat horror-stricken into the cave
when the lion springs at them; but Zarathustra makes...