Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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Shameless one! Thou unknown one!--Thief!
What seekst thou by thy stealing?
What seekst thou by thy hearkening?
What seekst thou by thy torturing?
Thou torturer!
Thou--hangman-God!
Or shall I, as the mastiffs do,
Roll me before thee?
And cringing, enraptured, frantical,
My tail friendly--waggle!

In vain!
Goad further!
Cruellest goader!
No dog--thy game just am I,
Cruellest huntsman!
Thy proudest of captives,
Thou robber 'hind the cloud-banks...
Speak finally!
Thou lightning-veiled one! Thou unknown one! Speak!
What wilt thou, highway-ambusher, from--ME?
What WILT thou, unfamiliar--God?
What?
Ransom-gold?
How much of ransom-gold?
Solicit much--that bid'th my pride!
And be concise--that bid'th mine other pride!

Ha! Ha!
ME--wantst thou? me?
--Entire?...

Ha! Ha!
And torturest me, fool that thou art,
Dead-torturest quite my pride?
Give LOVE to me--who warm'th me still?
Who lov'th me still?--
Give ardent fingers
Give heartening charcoal-warmers,
Give me, the lonesomest,
The ice (ah! seven-fold frozen ice
For very enemies,
For foes, doth make one thirst).
Give, yield to me,
Cruellest foe,
--THYSELF!--

Away!
There fled he surely,
My final, only comrade,
My greatest foe,
Mine unfamiliar--
My hangman-God!...

--Nay!
Come thou back!
WITH all of thy great

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Text Comparison with The Case Of Wagner, Nietzsche Contra Wagner, and Selected Aphorisms.

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24) that he never attacked persons as persons.
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In Wagner's music, in his doctrine, in his whole concept of art, Nietzsche saw the confirmation, the promotion--aye,.
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We should beware of this, and should not even believe Wagner when he speaks badly about himself.
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"human-all-too-human," but they still maintain that there are divine qualities in his music.
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A long history!--Shall I give it a name?--If I were a moralist, who knows what I might not call it! Perhaps a piece of _self-mastery_.
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I seem to assist at its birth.
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The definition of a vegetarian: a creature who has need of a corroborating diet.
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of passion.
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They understand nothing of Wagner who see in him but a sport of nature, an arbitrary mood, a chapter of accidents.
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_: whenever a principle failed him, he endowed man with a "capacity" which took its place{~HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS~}) Once more let it be said that Wagner is really only worthy of admiration and love by virtue of his inventiveness in small things, in his elaboration of details,--here one is quite justified in proclaiming him a master of the first rank, as our greatest musical _miniaturist_ who compresses an infinity of meaning and sweetness into the smallest space.
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A man is an actor when he is ahead of mankind in his possession of this one view, that everything which has to strike people as true, must not be true.
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Indeed, generally speaking, Wagner does not seem to have become interested in any other problems than those which engross the little Parisian decadents of to-day.
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It is Wagner's genius for forming clouds, his sweeps and swoops through the air, his ubiquity and nullibiety--precisely the same qualities with which Hegel led and lured in his time!--Moreover in the presence of Wagner's multifariousness, plenitude and arbitrariness, they seem to themselves justified--"saved".
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My melancholy.
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All real and original music is a swan song--Even our last form of music, despite its prevalence and its will to prevail, has perhaps only a short time to live, for it sprouted from a soil which was in the throes of a rapid subsidence,--of a culture which will soon be _submerged_.
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Perhaps a few people, or at least my friends, will remember that I made my first plunge into life armed with some errors and some exaggerations, but that, in any case, I began with _hope_ in my heart.
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But as to the naturalism of the attitudes, of the singing, compared with the orchestra!! What affected, artificial and depraved tones, what a distortion of nature, were we made to hear! 3.
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7.
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This was the case with Wagner.
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That which is un-German in Wagner.