hath not had laughter along with it!
Your marriage-arranging: see that it be not a bad ARRANGING! Ye have
arranged too hastily: so there FOLLOWETH therefrom--marriage-breaking!
And better marriage-breaking than marriage-bending,
marriage-lying!--Thus spake a woman unto me: "Indeed, I broke the
marriage, but first did the marriage break--me!
The badly paired found I ever the most revengeful: they make every one
suffer for it that they no longer run singly.
On that account want I the honest ones to say to one another: "We love
each other: let us SEE TO IT that we maintain our love! Or shall our
pledging be blundering?"
--"Give us a set term and a small marriage, that we may see if we are
fit for the great marriage! It is a great matter always to be twain."
Thus do I counsel all honest ones; and what would be my love to the
Superman, and to all that is to come, if I should counsel and speak
Not only to propagate yourselves onwards but UPWARDS--thereto, O my
brethren, may the garden of marriage help you!
He who hath grown wise concerning old origins, lo, he will at last seek
after the fountains of the future and new origins.--
O my brethren, not long will it be until NEW PEOPLES shall arise and new
fountains shall rush down into new depths.
For the earthquake--it choketh up many wells, it causeth much
languishing: but it bringeth also to light inner powers and secrets.
The earthquake discloseth new fountains. In the earthquake of old
peoples new fountains burst forth.
And whoever calleth out: "Lo, here is a well for many thirsty ones, one
heart for many longing ones, one will for many instruments":--around him
collecteth a PEOPLE, that is to say, many attempting ones.
Who can command, who must obey--THAT IS THERE ATTEMPTED! Ah, with what
long seeking and solving and failing and learning and re-attempting!
Human society: it is an attempt--so I teach--a long seeking: it seeketh
however the ruler!--
--An attempt, my brethren! And NO "contract"! Destroy, I pray you,
destroy that word of the soft-hearted and half-and-half!
O my brethren! With whom lieth the greatest danger to the whole human
future? Is it not with the good and just?--
--As those who say and feel in their hearts: "We already know what
is good and just, we possess it also; woe to those who still seek
And whatever harm the wicked may do, the harm of the good is the
And whatever harm the world-maligners may do, the harm of the good is
the harmfulest harm!
O my brethren, into the hearts of the good
_ Smoothest ice, A paradise To him who is a dancer nice.Page 18
_Against Pride.Page 19
_Without Envy.Page 46
Formerly these rare qualities were usual, and were consequently regarded as common: they did not distinguish people.Page 77
_We Artists!_âWhen we love a woman we have readily a hatred against nature, on recollecting all the disagreeable natural functions to which every woman is subject; we prefer not to think of them at all, but if once our soul touches on these things it twitches impatiently, and glances, as we have said, contemptuously at nature:âwe are hurt; nature seems to encroach upon our possessions, and with the profanest hands.Page 103
_Learning to do Homage.Page 129
believed that it _had_ this one and ultimate norm.Page 141
For that end many brave pioneers are now needed, who, however, cannot originate out of nothing,âand just as little out of the sand and slime of present-day civilisation and the culture of great cities: men silent, solitary and resolute, who know how to be content and persistent in invisible activity: men who with innate disposition seek in all things that which is _to be overcome_ in them: men to whom cheerfulness, patience, simplicity, and contempt of the great vanities belong just as much as do magnanimity in victory and indulgence to the trivial vanities of all the vanquished: men with an acute and independent judgment regarding all victors, and concerning the part which chance has played in the winning of victory and fame:.Page 159
I love ignorance of the future, and do not want to come to grief by impatience and anticipatory tasting of promised things.Page 161
But now I understand that it was entirely pathos and passion, something comparable to this painfully bold and truly comforting music,âit is not one's lot to have these sensations for years, still less for eternities: otherwise one would become too "ethereal" for this planet.Page 177
"What did I really experience? What then took place in me and around me? Was my understanding clear enough? Was my will directly opposed to all deception of the senses, and courageous in its defence against fantastic notions?"âNone of them ever asked these questions, nor to this day do any of the good religious people ask them.Page 197
âThus the question, Why is there science? leads back to the moral problem: _What in general is the purpose of morality_, if life, nature, and history are "non-moral"? There is no doubt that the conscientious man in the daring and extreme sense in which he is presupposed by the belief in science, _affirms thereby a world other than_ that of life, nature, and history; and in so far as he affirms this "other world," what? must he not just therebyâdeny its counterpart, this world, _our_ world?.Page 206
Here there exists a great need: for sewers and pure cleansing waters are required also for spiritual filth, and rapid currents of love are needed, and strong, lowly, pure hearts, who qualify and sacrifice themselves for such service of the non-public health departmentâfor it _is_ a sacrificing, the priest is, and continues to be, a human sacrifice.Page 223
To him, consequently, one will one day be able to attribute the fact that _man_ in Europe has again got the upper hand of the merchant and the Philistine; perhaps even of "woman" also, who has become pampered owing to Christianity and the extravagant spirit of the eighteenth century, and still more owing to "modern ideas.Page 234
Those former philosophers, on the contrary, thought that the senses lured them out of _their_ world, the cold realm of "ideas," to a dangerous southern island, where they were afraid that their philosopher-virtues would melt away like snow in the sun.Page 257
But when the finished work I scan, I'm glad to see each learned owl With "wisdom" board and wall defoul.