spirit of revenge and all teeth-gnashing?
And who hath taught it reconciliation with time, and something higher
than all reconciliation?
Something higher than all reconciliation must the Will will which is the
Will to Power--: but how doth that take place? Who hath taught it also
to will backwards?
--But at this point in his discourse it chanced that Zarathustra
suddenly paused, and looked like a person in the greatest alarm. With
terror in his eyes did he gaze on his disciples; his glances pierced as
with arrows their thoughts and arrear-thoughts. But after a brief space
he again laughed, and said soothedly:
"It is difficult to live amongst men, because silence is so difficult--
especially for a babbler."--
Thus spake Zarathustra. The hunchback, however, had listened to the
conversation and had covered his face during the time; but when he heard
Zarathustra laugh, he looked up with curiosity, and said slowly:
"But why doth Zarathustra speak otherwise unto us than unto his
Zarathustra answered: "What is there to be wondered at! With hunchbacks
one may well speak in a hunchbacked way!"
"Very good," said the hunchback; "and with pupils one may well tell
tales out of school.
But why doth Zarathustra speak otherwise unto his pupils--than unto
XLIII. MANLY PRUDENCE.
Not the height, it is the declivity that is terrible!
The declivity, where the gaze shooteth DOWNWARDS, and the hand graspeth
UPWARDS. There doth the heart become giddy through its double will.
Ah, friends, do ye divine also my heart's double will?
This, this is MY declivity and my danger, that my gaze shooteth towards
the summit, and my hand would fain clutch and lean--on the depth!
To man clingeth my will; with chains do I bind myself to man, because
I am pulled upwards to the Superman: for thither doth mine other will
And THEREFORE do I live blindly among men, as if I knew them not: that
my hand may not entirely lose belief in firmness.
I know not you men: this gloom and consolation is often spread around
I sit at the gateway for every rogue, and ask: Who wisheth to deceive
This is my first manly prudence, that I allow myself to be deceived, so
as not to be on my guard against deceivers.
Ah, if I were on my guard against man, how could man be an anchor to my
ball! Too easily would I be pulled upwards and away!
This providence is over my fate, that I have to be without foresight.
And he who would not languish amongst men, must learn to drink out of
all glasses; and he who would keep clean
--Writing should always indicate a victory, indeed a conquest of oneself which must be communicated to others for their behoof.Page 43
THE ART-NEED OF THE SECOND ORDER.Page 49
--The retrograde movements in history, the so-called periods of restoration, which try to revive intellectual and social conditions that existed before those immediately preceding,--and seem really to succeed in giving them a brief resurrection,--have the charm of sentimental recollection, ardent longing for what is almost lost, hasty embracing of a transitory happiness.Page 57
--When we speak of the Greeks we unwittingly speak of to-day and yesterday; their universally known history is a blank mirror, always reflecting something that is not in the mirror itself.Page 71
at once arises as an aftergrowth, to which the man's mind impels her.Page 76
to history, so that history may seem a preparation and a ladder up to them.Page 81
other masks of old age be wanting? Where is the proud old man, the domineering old man, the covetous old man?--The most dangerous region in Germany was Saxony and Thuringia: nowhere else was there more mental nimbleness, more knowledge of men, side by side with freedom of thought; and all this was so modestly veiled by the ugly dialect and the zealous officiousness of the inhabitants that one hardly noticed that one here had to deal with the intellectual drill-sergeants of Germany, her teachers for good or evil.Page 84
" Such is the feeling and talk of all invalids, but if they attain that hour, a brief period of enjoyment is followed by ennui.Page 107
arises indignation if A.Page 110
No bench of judges, face to face with its conscience, may permit itself to be gracious.Page 126
Goethe declares that Wieland is its father.Page 127
In short, he was the bright, rank-smelling weed that shot up overnight in the fair pleasaunces of Schiller and Goethe.Page 137
The good German does not say in that case "he is ignorant," but "he is of doubtful character.Page 138
They have Moses and the prophets of weather and of enlightenment.Page 156
To praise them in plain terms, I may say that had they been written in Greek, they would have been understood by Greeks.Page 169
It is as if a soft, attractive twilight were spreading itself around them.Page 172
The result will be--so far as reason does not fall in value--that one day an end will be put to that competition, and a new principle will win the day.Page 181