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

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It is true we love life; not because we are wont to live, but because we are wont to love.

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There is always some madness in love. But there is always, also, some method in madness.

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And to me also, who appreciate life, the butterflies, and soap-bubbles, and whatever is like them amongst us, seem most to enjoy happiness.

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To see these light, foolish, pretty, lively little sprites flit about- that moveth Zarathustra to tears and songs.

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I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance.

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And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall.

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Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!

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I learned to walk; since then have I let myself run. I learned to fly; since then I do not need pushing in order to move from a spot.

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Now am I light, now do I fly; now do I see myself under myself. Now there danceth a God in me.-

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Thus spake Zarathustra.

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8. The Tree on the Hill

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ZARATHUSTRA's eye had perceived that a certain youth avoided him. And as he walked alone one evening over the hills surrounding the town called "The Pied Cow," behold, there found he the youth sitting leaning against a tree, and gazing with wearied look into the valley. Zarathustra thereupon laid hold of the tree beside which the youth sat, and spake thus:

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"If I wished to shake this tree with my hands, I should not be able to do so.

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But the wind, which we see not, troubleth and bendeth it as it listeth. We are sorest bent and troubled by invisible hands."

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Thereupon the youth arose disconcerted, and said: "I hear Zarathustra, and just now was I thinking of him!" Zarathustra answered:

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"Why art thou frightened on that account?- But it is the same with man as with the tree.

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The more he seeketh to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthward, downward, into the dark and deep- into the evil."

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"Yea, into the evil!" cried the youth. "How is it possible that thou hast discovered my soul?"

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Zarathustra smiled, and said: "Many a soul one will never discover, unless one first invent it."

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"Yea, into the evil!" cried the youth once more.

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"Thou saidst the truth, Zarathustra. I trust myself no longer since I sought to rise into the height, and nobody trusteth me any longer; how doth that happen?

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I change too quickly: my to-day refuteth my yesterday. I often overleap the steps when I clamber; for so doing, none of the steps pardons me.

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When aloft, I find myself always alone. No one speaketh unto me; the frost of solitude maketh me tremble. What do I seek on the height?

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My contempt and my longing increase together; the higher I clamber, the more do I despise him who clambereth. What doth he seek on the height?

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How ashamed I am of my clambering and stumbling! How I mock at my violent panting! How I hate him who flieth! How tired I am on the height!"

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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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