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

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Companions, the creator seeketh, and fellow-reapers: for everything is ripe for the harvest with him. But he lacketh the hundred sickles: so he plucketh the ears of corn and is vexed.

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Companions, the creator seeketh, and such as know how to whet their sickles. Destroyers, will they be called, and despisers of good and evil. But they are the reapers and rejoicers.

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Fellow-creators, Zarathustra seeketh; fellow-reapers and fellow-rejoicers, Zarathustra seeketh: what hath he to do with herds and herdsmen and corpses!

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And thou, my first companion, rest in peace! Well have I buried thee in thy hollow tree; well have I hid thee from the wolves.

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But I part from thee; the time hath arrived. 'Twixt rosy dawn and rosy dawn there came unto me a new truth.

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I am not to be a herdsman, I am not to be a grave-digger. Not any more will I discourse unto the people; for the last time have I spoken unto the dead.

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With the creators, the reapers, and the rejoicers will I associate: the rainbow will I show them, and all the stairs to the Superman.

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To the lone-dwellers will I sing my song, and to the twain-dwellers; and unto him who hath still ears for the unheard, will I make the heart heavy with my happiness.

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I make for my goal, I follow my course; over the loitering and tardy will I leap. Thus let my on-going be their down-going!

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10. This had Zarathustra said to his heart when the sun stood at noon-tide. Then he looked inquiringly aloft,- for he heard above him the sharp call of a bird. And behold! An eagle swept through the air in wide circles, and on it hung a serpent, not like a prey, but like a friend: for it kept itself coiled round the eagle's neck.

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"They are mine animals," said Zarathustra, and rejoiced in his heart.

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"The proudest animal under the sun, and the wisest animal under the sun,- they have come out to reconnoitre.

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They want to know whether Zarathustra still liveth. Verily, do I still live?

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More dangerous have I found it among men than among animals; in dangerous paths goeth Zarathustra. Let mine animals lead me!

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When Zarathustra had said this, he remembered the words of the saint in the forest. Then he sighed and spake thus to his heart:

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"Would that I were wiser! Would that I were wise from the very heart, like my serpent!

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But I am asking the impossible. Therefore do I ask my pride to go always with my wisdom!

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And if my wisdom should some day forsake me:- alas! it loveth to fly away!- may my pride then fly with my folly!"

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Thus began Zarathustra's down-going.

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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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