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Photos illuminated by the sun of the Southern Alpes: Ubaye and Durance valleys, Alpes de Haute Provence, Hautes Alpes, Prealpes de Digne-les-Bains (France), and Argentera (Italy).

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Friedrich Nietzsche (1891) (translated by Thomas Common; see complete text)

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He who leadeth his sheep to the greenest pasture, shall always be for me the best shepherd: so doth it accord with good sleep.

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Many honours I want not, nor great treasures: they excite the spleen. But it is bad sleeping without a good name and a little treasure.

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A small company is more welcome to me than a bad one: but they must come and go at the right time. So doth it accord with good sleep.

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Well, also, do the poor in spirit please me: they promote sleep. Blessed are they, especially if one always give in to them.

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Thus passeth the day unto the virtuous. When night cometh, then take I good care not to summon sleep. It disliketh to be summoned- sleep, the lord of the virtues!

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But I think of what I have done and thought during the day. Thus ruminating, patient as a cow, I ask myself: What were thy ten overcomings?

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And what were the ten reconciliations, and the ten truths, and the ten laughters with which my heart enjoyed itself?

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Thus pondering, and cradled by forty thoughts, it overtaketh me all at once- sleep, the unsummoned, the lord of the virtues.

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Sleep tappeth on mine eye, and it turneth heavy. Sleep toucheth my mouth, and it remaineth open.

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Verily, on soft soles doth it come to me, the dearest of thieves, and stealeth from me my thoughts: stupid do I then stand, like this academic chair.

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But not much longer do I then stand: I already lie.-

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When Zarathustra heard the wise man thus speak, he laughed in his heart: for thereby had a light dawned upon him. And thus spake he to his heart:

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A fool seemeth this wise man with his forty thoughts: but I believe he knoweth well how to sleep.

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Happy even is he who liveth near this wise man! Such sleep is contagious- even through a thick wall it is contagious.

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A magic resideth even in his academic chair. And not in vain did the youths sit before the preacher of virtue.

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His wisdom is to keep awake in order to sleep well. And verily, if life had no sense, and had I to choose nonsense, this would be the desirablest nonsense for me also.

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Now know I well what people sought formerly above all else when they sought teachers of virtue. Good sleep they sought for themselves, and poppy-head virtues to promote it!

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To all those belauded sages of the academic chairs, wisdom was sleep without dreams: they knew no higher significance of life.

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Even at present, to be sure, there are some like this preacher of virtue, and not always so honourable: but their time is past. And not much longer do they stand: there they already lie.

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Blessed are those drowsy ones: for they shall soon nod to sleep.-

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Thus spake Zarathustra.

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The URL of this page is, created: 17-Jul-2004, revised: 12-Oct-2004

Abreviations: AHP - Alpes de Haute Provence (04, France), FN - Friedrich Nietzsche (Thus spoke Zarathoustra - except if otherwise indicated), GD - , HA - Hautes Alpes (05, France), RS - Rudolf Steiner (Occult Science)

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