Fierce 'gainst all lamb-spirits,
Furious-fierce all that look
Sheeplike, or lambeyed, or crisp-woolly,
--Grey, with lambsheep kindliness!
Are the poet's desires,
Are THINE OWN desires 'neath a thousand guises,
Thou fool! Thou poet!
Thou who all mankind viewedst--
So God, as sheep--:
The God TO REND within mankind,
As the sheep in mankind,
And in rending LAUGHING--
THAT, THAT is thine own blessedness!
Of a panther and eagle--blessedness!
Of a poet and fool--the blessedness!--
In evening's limpid air,
What time the moon's sickle,
Green, 'twixt the purple-glowings,
And jealous, steal'th forth:
--Of day the foe,
With every step in secret,
The rosy garland-hammocks
Downsickling, till they've sunken
Down nightwards, faded, downsunken:--
Thus had I sunken one day
From mine own truth-insanity,
From mine own fervid day-longings,
Of day aweary, sick of sunshine,
--Sunk downwards, evenwards, shadowwards:
By one sole trueness
All scorched and thirsty:
--Bethinkst thou still, bethinkst thou, burning heart,
How then thou thirstedest?--
THAT I SHOULD BANNED BE
FROM ALL THE TRUENESS!
MERE FOOL! MERE POET!
Thus sang the magician; and all who were present went like birds
unawares into the net of his artful and melancholy voluptuousness.
Only the spiritually conscientious one had not been caught: he at once
snatched the harp from the magician and called out: "Air! Let in good
air! Let in Zarathustra! Thou makest this cave sultry and poisonous,
thou bad old magician!
Thou seducest, thou false one, thou subtle one, to unknown desires and
deserts. And alas, that such as thou should talk and
The mussel is crooked inside and rough outside .Page 4
So long as philologists worked simply at details, a misunderstanding of the Greeks was the consequence.Page 5
12 Most men are obviously in the world accidentally; no necessity of a higher kind is seen in them.Page 7
We take up our positions again in the ranks, work in our own little corner, and hope that what we do may be of some small profit to our successors.Page 9
Why philologists precisely? This is not altogether such a matter of course as the case of a professor of medicine, who is also a practical physician and surgeon.Page 14
" 39 According to Goethe, the ancients are "the despair of the emulator.Page 16
46 (THE FINAL DRAFT OF THE FIRST CHAPTER.Page 17
his fault lies in the fact that he either does not understand antiquity, or the present time, or himself.Page 18
Those whom we might call the intellectually crippled found a suitable hobby in all this hair-splitting.Page 19
It is my firm conviction that to have written a single line which is deemed worthy of being commented upon by scholars of a later time, far outweighs the merits of the greatest critic.Page 20
64 "Classical education" .Page 22
In consequence, when they grew older, a desire for _real_ history would be shown.Page 24
) THE GREEKS.Page 31
Well did the Greeks know that only through art could even misery itself become a source of pleasure, _vide tragoediam_.Page 33
158 To know history now means .Page 37
170 To overcome Greek antiquity through our own deeds: this would be the right task.Page 38
_, it is based on appearance .Page 39
A _pure_ knowledge of antiquity is now possible, but perhaps also a more ineffective and weaker knowledge.Page 42
The replacing of the study of antiquity which has become superfluous for the training of our youth.Page 43
 Formal education is that which tends to develop the critical and logical faculties, as opposed to material education, which is.