calleth it 'the beast inside.'
Such prolonged ancient fear, at last become subtle, spiritual and
intellectual--at present, me thinketh, it is called SCIENCE."--
Thus spake the conscientious one; but Zarathustra, who had just come
back into his cave and had heard and divined the last discourse, threw a
handful of roses to the conscientious one, and laughed on account of
his "truths." "Why!" he exclaimed, "what did I hear just now? Verily, it
seemeth to me, thou art a fool, or else I myself am one: and quietly and
quickly will I put thy 'truth' upside down.
For FEAR--is an exception with us. Courage, however, and adventure, and
delight in the uncertain, in the unattempted--COURAGE seemeth to me the
entire primitive history of man.
The wildest and most courageous animals hath he envied and robbed of all
their virtues: thus only did he become--man.
THIS courage, at last become subtle, spiritual and intellectual, this
human courage, with eagle's pinions and serpent's wisdom: THIS, it
seemeth to me, is called at present--"
"ZARATHUSTRA!" cried all of them there assembled, as if with one voice,
and burst out at the same time into a great laughter; there arose,
however, from them as it were a heavy cloud. Even the magician laughed,
and said wisely: "Well! It is gone, mine evil spirit!
And did I not myself warn you against it when I said that it was a
deceiver, a lying and deceiving spirit?
Especially when it showeth itself naked. But what can _I_ do with regard
to its tricks! Have _I_ created it and the world?
Well! Let us be good again, and of good cheer! And although Zarathustra
looketh with evil eye--just see him! he disliketh me--:
--Ere night cometh will he again learn to love and laud me; he cannot
live long without committing such follies.
HE--loveth his enemies: this art knoweth he better than any one I have
seen. But he taketh revenge for it--on his friends!"
Thus spake the old magician, and the higher men applauded him; so that
Zarathustra went round, and mischievously and lovingly shook hands with
his friends,--like one who hath to make amends and apologise to every
one for something. When however he had thereby come to the door of his
cave, lo, then had he again a longing for the good air outside, and for
his animals,--and wished to steal out.
LXXVI. AMONG DAUGHTERS OF THE DESERT.
"Go not away!" said then the wanderer who called himself Zarathustra's
shadow, "abide with us--otherwise the old gloomy affliction might again
fall upon us.
Now hath that old magician given us of his worst for our good,
Our scientific triumphs at the present day extend precisely so far as we have accepted the evidence of our senses,--as we have sharpened and armed them, and learned to follow them up to the end.Page 16
_ The characteristics with which man has endowed the "true Being" of things, are the characteristics of non-Being, of _nonentity.Page 27
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one shall any longer be made responsible, that the nature of existence may not be traced to a _causa prima_, that the world is an entity neither as a sensorium nor as a spirit--_this alone is the great deliverance_,--thus alone is the innocence of Becoming restored.Page 31
On the other hand it becomes clear among which people the hatred, the Chandala hatred of this humanity has been immortalised, among which people it has become religion and genius.Page 33
From time to time I come in touch with German universities; what an extraordinary atmosphere prevails among their scholars! what barrenness! and what self-satisfied and lukewarm intellectuality! For any one to point to German science as an argument against me would show that he grossly misunderstood my meaning, while it would also prove that he had not read a word of my writings.Page 35
All great and beautiful things cannot be a common possession: _pulchrum est paucorum hominum.Page 52
decided, a canon is obtained by means of which the value of his selfishness may be determined.Page 58
to subsist.Page 80
Did Kant not see in the French Revolution the transition of the State from the inorganic to the _organic_ form? Did he not ask himself whether there was a single event on record which could be explained otherwise than as a moral faculty of mankind; so that by means of it, "mankind's tendency towards good," might be _proved_ once and for all? Kant's reply: "that is the Revolution.Page 92
--Jehovah, the God of "Justice,"--is no longer one with Israel, no longer the expression of a people's sense of dignity: he is only a god on certain conditions.Page 95
Christianity denies the church.Page 117
49 You have understood me The beginning of the Bible contains the whole psychology of the priest--The priest knows only one great danger, and that is science,--the healthy concept of cause and effect But, on the whole, science flourishes onlyunder happy conditions,--a man must have time, he must also have superfluous mental energy in order to "pursue knowledge" .Page 123
and for evermore, so that the origin of the mechanical world would be a lawless game which would ultimately acquire such consistency as the organic laws seem to have now from our point of view? So that all our mechanical laws would be not eternal, but evolved, and would have survived innumerable different mechanical laws, or that they had attained supremacy in isolated corners of the world and not in others?--It would seem that we need caprice, actual lawlessness, and only a capacity for law, a primeval state of stupidity which is not even able to concern itself with mechanics? The origin of qualities presupposes the existence of quantities, and these, for their part, might arise from a thousand kinds of mechanical processes.Page 146
a sandglass, will always be reversed and will ever run out again,--a long minute of time will elapse until all those conditions out of which you were evolved return in the wheel of the cosmic process.Page 149
43 Are ye now prepared? Ye must have experienced every form of scepticism and ye must have wallowed with voluptuousness in ice-cold baths,--otherwise ye have no right to this thought; I wish to protect myself against those who are over-ready to believe, likewise against those who gush over anything! I would defend my doctrine in advance.Page 151
Laws as the backbone They must be worked at and created, by being fulfilled.Page 155
54 Loneliness for a certain time is necessary in order that a creature may become completely permeated with his own soul--cured and hard.