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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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Here the youth was silent. And Zarathustra contemplated the tree beside which they stood, and spake thus:

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"This tree standeth lonely here on the hills; it hath grown up high above man and beast.

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And if it wanted to speak, it would have none who could understand it: so high hath it grown.

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Now it waiteth and waiteth,- for what doth it wait? It dwelleth too close to the seat of the clouds; it waiteth perhaps for the first lightning?"

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When Zarathustra had said this, the youth called out with violent gestures: "Yea, Zarathustra, thou speakest the truth. My destruction I longed for, when I desired to be on the height, and thou art the lightning for which I waited! Lo! what have I been since thou hast appeared amongst us? It is mine envy of thee that hath destroyed me!"- Thus spake the youth, and wept bitterly. Zarathustra, however, put his arm about him, and led the youth away with him.

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And when they had walked a while together, Zarathustra began to speak thus:

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It rendeth my heart. Better than thy words express it, thine eyes tell me all thy danger.

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As yet thou art not free; thou still seekest freedom. Too unslept hath thy seeking made thee, and too wakeful.

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On the open height wouldst thou be; for the stars thirsteth thy soul. But thy bad impulses also thirst for freedom.

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Thy wild dogs want liberty; they bark for joy in their cellar when thy spirit endeavoureth to open all prison doors.

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Still art thou a prisoner- it seemeth to me- who deviseth liberty for himself: ah! sharp becometh the soul of such prisoners, but also deceitful and wicked.

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To purify himself, is still necessary for the freedman of the spirit. Much of the prison and the mould still remaineth in him: pure hath his eye still to become.

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Yea, I know thy danger. But by my love and hope I conjure thee: cast not thy love and hope away!

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Noble thou feelest thyself still, and noble others also feel thee still, though they bear thee a grudge and cast evil looks. Know this, that to everybody a noble one standeth in the way.

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Also to the good, a noble one standeth in the way: and even when they call him a good man, they want thereby to put him aside.

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The new, would the noble man create, and a new virtue. The old, wanteth the good man, and that the old should be conserved.

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But it is not the danger of the noble man to turn a good man, but lest he should become a blusterer, a scoffer, or a destroyer.

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Ah! I have known noble ones who lost their highest hope. And then they disparaged all high hopes.

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Then lived they shamelessly in temporary pleasures, and beyond the day had hardly an aim.

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"Spirit is also voluptuousness,"- said they. Then broke the wings of their spirit; and now it creepeth about, and defileth where it gnaweth.

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Once they thought of becoming heroes; but sensualists are they now. A trouble and a terror is the hero to them.

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But by my love and hope I conjure thee: cast not away the hero in thy soul! Maintain holy thy highest hope!-

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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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