one did I resemble, whom bad torture wearieth, and a worse
dream reawakeneth out of his first sleep.--
But there is something in me which I call courage: it hath hitherto
slain for me every dejection. This courage at last bade me stand still
and say: "Dwarf! Thou! Or I!"--
For courage is the best slayer,--courage which ATTACKETH: for in every
attack there is sound of triumph.
Man, however, is the most courageous animal: thereby hath he overcome
every animal. With sound of triumph hath he overcome every pain; human
pain, however, is the sorest pain.
Courage slayeth also giddiness at abysses: and where doth man not stand
at abysses! Is not seeing itself--seeing abysses?
Courage is the best slayer: courage slayeth also fellow-suffering.
Fellow-suffering, however, is the deepest abyss: as deeply as man
looketh into life, so deeply also doth he look into suffering.
Courage, however, is the best slayer, courage which attacketh: it
slayeth even death itself; for it saith: "WAS THAT life? Well! Once
In such speech, however, there is much sound of triumph. He who hath
ears to hear, let him hear.--
"Halt, dwarf!" said I. "Either I--or thou! I, however, am the stronger
of the two:--thou knowest not mine abysmal thought! IT--couldst thou not
Then happened that which made me lighter: for the dwarf sprang from my
shoulder, the prying sprite! And it squatted on a stone in front of me.
There was however a gateway just where we halted.
"Look at this gateway! Dwarf!" I continued, "it hath two faces. Two
roads come together here: these hath no one yet gone to the end of.
This long lane backwards: it continueth for an eternity. And that long
lane forward--that is another eternity.
They are antithetical to one another, these roads; they directly abut on
one another:--and it is here, at this gateway, that they come together.
The name of the gateway is inscribed above: 'This Moment.'
But should one follow them further--and ever further and further
on, thinkest thou, dwarf, that these roads would be eternally
"Everything straight lieth," murmured the dwarf, contemptuously. "All
truth is crooked; time itself is a circle."
"Thou spirit of gravity!" said I wrathfully, "do not take it too
lightly! Or I shall let thee squat where thou squattest, Haltfoot,--and
I carried thee HIGH!"
"Observe," continued I, "This Moment! From the gateway, This Moment,
there runneth a long eternal lane BACKWARDS: behind us lieth an
Must not whatever CAN run its course of all things, have already run
along that lane? Must not whatever CAN happen of all things have already
happened, resulted, and gone by?
And if everything have already existed,
Every philosophy which puts peace.Page 9
_ Many men's minds I know full well, Yet what mine own is, cannot tell.Page 27
An easy booty is something contemptible to proud natures; they have an agreeable sensation only at the sight of men of unbroken spirit who could be enemies to them, and similarly, also, at the sight of all not easily accessible possession; they are often hard toward the sufferer, for he is not worthy of their effort or their pride,--but they show themselves so much the more courteous towards their _equals,_ with whom strife and struggle would in any case be full of honour, _if_ at any time an occasion for it should present itself.Page 30
"--When the man had heard this he went away disappointed; and many found fault with the saint because he had advised cruelty; for he had advised to kill the child.Page 58
_--The Greeks (or at least the Athenians) liked to hear good talking: indeed they had an eager.Page 62
Among the Pythagoreans it made its appearance as a philosophical doctrine and as an artifice of teaching: but long before there were philosophers music was acknowledged to possess the power of unburdening the emotions, of purifying the soul, of soothing the _ferocia animi_--and this was owing to the rhythmical element in music.Page 77
the mouths of travellers among the Italian populace, it still sounds very coarse, sylvan, and hoarse, as if it had originated in smoky rooms and outlandish districts.Page 92
_Origin of Sin_--Sin, as it is at present felt wherever Christianity prevails or has prevailed is a Jewish feeling and a Jewish invention; and in respect to this background of all Christian morality Christianity has in.Page 97
Where there is ruling there are masses: where there are masses there is need of slavery.Page 128
But it never occurs to us that it is their _sufferings_--that are their prophets! When strong positive electricity, under the influence of an approaching cloud not at all visible, is suddenly converted into negative electricity, and an alteration of the weather is imminent, these animals then behave as if an enemy were approaching them, and prepare for defence, or flight: they generally hide themselves,--they do not think of the bad weather as weather, but as an enemy whose hand they already _feel!_ 317.Page 136
Or like a woman who loves him who commands.Page 148
A morality could even have grown _out of_ an error: but with this knowledge the problem of its worth would not even be touched.Page 161
He gave back to the priest sexual intercourse: but three-fourths of the reverence of which the people (and above all the women of the people) are capable, rests on the belief that an exceptional man in this respect will also be an exceptional man in other respects.Page 184
_ The ice which still carries has become very thin: the thawing wind blows; we ourselves, the homeless ones, are an agency that breaks the ice, and the other too thin "realities.Page 194
Morning came: becalmed, the boat Rested on the purple flood: "What had happened?" every throat Shrieked the question: "was there-- Blood?" Naught had happened! On.Page 195
Pinching sore, in devil's mood, Love doth plague my crupper: Truly I can eat no food: Farewell, onion-supper! Seaward.Page 200