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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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12. The Flies in the Market-Place

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FLEE, my friend, into thy solitude! I see thee deafened with the noise of the great men, and stung all over with the stings of the little ones.

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Admirably do forest and rock know how to be silent with thee. Resemble again the tree which thou lovest, the broad-branched one- silently and attentively it o'erhangeth the sea.

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Where solitude endeth, there beginneth the market-place; and where the market-place beginneth, there beginneth also the noise of the great actors, and the buzzing of the poison-flies.

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In the world even the best things are worthless without those who represent them: those representers, the people call great men.

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Little, do the people understand what is great- that is to say, the creating agency. But they have a taste for all representers and actors of great things.

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Around the devisers of new values revolveth the world:- invisibly it revolveth. But around the actors revolve the people and the glory: such is the course of things.

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Spirit, hath the actor, but little conscience of the spirit. He believeth always in that wherewith he maketh believe most strongly- in himself!

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Tomorrow he hath a new belief, and the day after, one still newer. Sharp perceptions hath he, like the people, and changeable humours.

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To upset- that meaneth with him to prove. To drive mad- that meaneth with him to convince. And blood is counted by him as the best of all arguments.

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A truth which only glideth into fine ears, he calleth falsehood and trumpery. Verily, he believeth only in gods that make a great noise in the world!

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Full of clattering buffoons is the market-place,- and the people glory in their great men! These are for them the masters of the hour.

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But the hour presseth them; so they press thee. And also from thee they want Yea or Nay. Alas! thou wouldst set thy chair betwixt For and Against?

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On account of those absolute and impatient ones, be not jealous, thou lover of truth! Never yet did truth cling to the arm of an absolute one.

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On account of those abrupt ones, return into thy security: only in the market-place is one assailed by Yea? or Nay?

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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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