seemeth to me all the
jingle-jangling of their harps; what have they known hitherto of the
fervour of tones!--
They are also not pure enough for me: they all muddle their water that
it may seem deep.
And fain would they thereby prove themselves reconcilers: but mediaries
and mixers are they unto me, and half-and-half, and impure!--
Ah, I cast indeed my net into their sea, and meant to catch good fish;
but always did I draw up the head of some ancient God.
Thus did the sea give a stone to the hungry one. And they themselves may
well originate from the sea.
Certainly, one findeth pearls in them: thereby they are the more like
hard molluscs. And instead of a soul, I have often found in them salt
They have learned from the sea also its vanity: is not the sea the
peacock of peacocks?
Even before the ugliest of all buffaloes doth it spread out its tail;
never doth it tire of its lace-fan of silver and silk.
Disdainfully doth the buffalo glance thereat, nigh to the sand with its
soul, nigher still to the thicket, nighest, however, to the swamp.
What is beauty and sea and peacock-splendour to it! This parable I speak
unto the poets.
Verily, their spirit itself is the peacock of peacocks, and a sea of
Spectators, seeketh the spirit of the poet--should they even be
But of this spirit became I weary; and I see the time coming when it
will become weary of itself.
Yea, changed have I seen the poets, and their glance turned towards
Penitents of the spirit have I seen appearing; they grew out of the
Thus spake Zarathustra.
XL. GREAT EVENTS.
There is an isle in the sea--not far from the Happy Isles of
Zarathustra--on which a volcano ever smoketh; of which isle the people,
and especially the old women amongst them, say that it is placed as a
rock before the gate of the nether-world; but that through the volcano
itself the narrow way leadeth downwards which conducteth to this gate.
Now about the time that Zarathustra sojourned on the Happy Isles, it
happened that a ship anchored at the isle on which standeth the smoking
mountain, and the crew went ashore to shoot rabbits. About the noontide
hour, however, when the captain and his men were together again, they
saw suddenly a man coming towards them through the air, and a voice said
distinctly: "It is time! It is the highest time!" But when the figure
was nearest to them (it flew past quickly, however, like a shadow, in
the direction of the volcano), then did
Of _The Twilight of the Idols,_ Nietzsche says in _Ecce Homo_ (p.Page 8
But they imagined that I wanted to lay myself to rest upon them.Page 24
The "inner world" is full of phantoms and will-o'-the-wisps: the will is one of these.Page 26
The new factor, that which has not been experienced and which is unfamiliar, is excluded from the sphere of causes.Page 37
Even at the universities, among the actual scholars in philosophy, logic as a theory, as a practical pursuit, and as a business, is beginning to die out.Page 43
_--He is much more enlightened, much broader, more versatile, and more subtle than Carlyle; but above all, he is happier.Page 46
decided, a canon is obtained by means of which the value of his selfishness may be determined.Page 75
The weak and the botched shall perish: first principle of our humanity.Page 76
" As you have already surmised, I understand corruption in the sense of _decadence.Page 79
" Buddhism is a religion for.Page 96
It is precisely the reverse of all struggle, of all consciousness of taking part in the fight, that has become instinctive here: the inability to resist is here converted into a morality ("resist not evil," the profoundest sentence in the whole of the gospels, their key in a certain sense), the blessedness of peace, of gentleness, of not.Page 98
It was impossible for the cause to end with this death: "compensation" and "judgment" were required (--and forsooth, what could be more unevangelical than "compensation," "punishment," "judgment"!) The popular expectation of a Messiah once more became prominent; attention was fixed upon one historical moment: the "Kingdom of God" descends to sit in judgment upon his enemies.Page 121
I know of no book in which so many delicate and kindly things are said to woman, as in the Law-Rook of Manu; these old grey-beards and saints have a manner of being gallant to women which, perhaps, cannot be surpassed.Page 129
On the other hand there is nothing which they should be more strictly forbidden than repulsive manners or a pessimistic look, a look that makes everything _seem ugly,_--or even indignation at the general aspect of things.Page 157
Absolute indifference to other people's opinions (because we know their weights and measures), but their opinions of themselves should be the subject of pity.