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

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Aye, for the game of creating, my brethren, there is needed a holy Yea unto life: its own will, willeth now the spirit; his own world winneth the world's outcast.

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Three metamorphoses of the spirit have I designated to you: how the spirit became a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child.-

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Thus spake Zarathustra. And at that time he abode in the town which is called The Pied Cow.

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2. The Academic Chairs of Virtue

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PEOPLE commended unto Zarathustra a wise man, as one who could discourse well about sleep and virtue: greatly was he honoured and rewarded for it, and all the youths sat before his chair. To him went Zarathustra, and sat among the youths before his chair. And thus spake the wise man:

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Respect and modesty in presence of sleep! That is the first thing! And to go out of the way of all who sleep badly and keep awake at night!

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Modest is even the thief in presence of sleep: he always stealeth softly through the night. Immodest, however, is the night-watchman; immodestly he carrieth his horn.

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No small art is it to sleep: it is necessary for that purpose to keep awake all day.

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Ten times a day must thou overcome thyself: that causeth wholesome weariness, and is poppy to the soul.

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Ten times must thou reconcile again with thyself; for overcoming is bitterness, and badly sleep the unreconciled.

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Ten truths must thou find during the day; otherwise wilt thou seek truth during the night, and thy soul will have been hungry.

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Ten times must thou laugh during the day, and be cheerful; otherwise thy stomach, the father of affliction, will disturb thee in the night.

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Few people know it, but one must have all the virtues in order to sleep well. Shall I bear false witness? Shall I commit adultery?

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Shall I covet my neighbour's maidservant? All that would ill accord with good sleep.

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And even if one have all the virtues, there is still one thing needful: to send the virtues themselves to sleep at the right time.

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That they may not quarrel with one another, the good females! And about thee, thou unhappy one!

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Peace with God and thy neighbour: so desireth good sleep. And peace also with thy neighbour's devil! Otherwise it will haunt thee in the night.

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Honour to the government, and obedience, and also to the crooked government! So desireth good sleep. How can I help it, if power liketh to walk on crooked legs?

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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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