eagle, when they
found him silent in such wise, respected the great stillness around him,
and prudently retired.
LVIII. THE GREAT LONGING.
O my soul, I have taught thee to say "to-day" as "once on a time" and
"formerly," and to dance thy measure over every Here and There and
O my soul, I delivered thee from all by-places, I brushed down from thee
dust and spiders and twilight.
O my soul, I washed the petty shame and the by-place virtue from thee,
and persuaded thee to stand naked before the eyes of the sun.
With the storm that is called "spirit" did I blow over thy surging
sea; all clouds did I blow away from it; I strangled even the strangler
O my soul, I gave thee the right to say Nay like the storm, and to say
Yea as the open heaven saith Yea: calm as the light remainest thou, and
now walkest through denying storms.
O my soul, I restored to thee liberty over the created and the
uncreated; and who knoweth, as thou knowest, the voluptuousness of the
O my soul, I taught thee the contempt which doth not come like
worm-eating, the great, the loving contempt, which loveth most where it
O my soul, I taught thee so to persuade that thou persuadest even the
grounds themselves to thee: like the sun, which persuadeth even the sea
to its height.
O my soul, I have taken from thee all obeying and knee-bending and
homage-paying; I have myself given thee the names, "Change of need" and
O my soul, I have given thee new names and gay-coloured playthings,
I have called thee "Fate" and "the Circuit of circuits" and "the
Navel-string of time" and "the Azure bell."
O my soul, to thy domain gave I all wisdom to drink, all new wines, and
also all immemorially old strong wines of wisdom.
O my soul, every sun shed I upon thee, and every night and every silence
and every longing:--then grewest thou up for me as a vine.
O my soul, exuberant and heavy dost thou now stand forth, a vine with
swelling udders and full clusters of brown golden grapes:--
--Filled and weighted by thy happiness, waiting from superabundance, and
yet ashamed of thy waiting.
O my soul, there is nowhere a soul which could be more loving and more
comprehensive and more extensive! Where could future and past be closer
together than with thee?
O my soul, I have given thee everything, and all my hands have become
empty by thee:--and now! Now sayest thou to me, smiling and full of
maintained, here rules a stern, proud, ever vigilant, ever susceptible will, which has undertaken the task of defending life against pain and snapping off all conclusions that are wont to grow like poisonous fungi from pain, disappointment, satiety, isolation and other morasses.Page 7
PART I.Page 22
--All moralists are shy, because they know they are confounded with spies and traitors, so soon as their penchant is noticed.Page 42
For if.Page 87
ADVANTAGE IN PRIVATION.Page 118
THE ADVOCATE OF THE DEVIL.Page 126
FORBIDDEN BOOKS.Page 138
FRANZ SCHUBERT.Page 144
--Such natures, with their system of personal knowledge, produce the illusion that a science (or even the whole of philosophy) is finished and has reached its goal.Page 158
The rather older young women find that their kingdom has come, and the competition of the dear, absurd creatures rages again from the beginning.Page 159
On the other hand, not all Europe falls under the heading of cultured "Europe," but only those nations and divisions of nations which have their common past in Greece, Rome, Judaism, and Christianity.Page 160
--Both classically and romantically minded spirits--two species that always exist--cherish a vision of the future; but the former derive their vision from the strength of their time, the latter from its weakness.Page 164
--The greatest of almsgivers is cowardice.Page 165
They lead to the question: is it a shudder, or a smile, or both? 249.Page 179
Thus when success and popularity fail him, he may often say by way of private consolation, "So high are the taxes you have to pay for the possession of the most precious of human commodities--still it is worth the price!" 295.Page 187
Hence, if we are very clever and show it, we appear to them older and wickeder than we are.