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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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They think much about thee with their circumscribed souls- thou art always suspected by them! Whatever is much thought about is at last thought suspicious.

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They punish thee for all thy virtues. They pardon thee in their inmost hearts only- for thine errors.

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Because thou art gentle and of upright character, thou sayest: "Blameless are they for their small existence." But their circumscribed souls think: "Blamable is all great existence."

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Even when thou art gentle towards them, they still feel themselves despised by thee; and they repay thy beneficence with secret maleficence.

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Thy silent pride is always counter to their taste; they rejoice if once thou be humble enough to be frivolous.

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What we recognise in a man, we also irritate in him. Therefore be on your guard against the small ones!

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In thy presence they feel themselves small, and their baseness gleameth and gloweth against thee in invisible vengeance.

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Sawest thou not how often they became dumb when thou approachedst them, and how their energy left them like the smoke of an extinguishing fire?

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Yea, my friend, the bad conscience art thou of thy neighbours; for they are unworthy of thee. Therefore they hate thee, and would fain suck thy blood.

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Thy neighbours will always be poisonous flies; what is great in thee- that itself must make them more poisonous, and always more fly-like.

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Flee, my friend, into thy solitude- and thither, where a rough strong breeze bloweth. It is not thy lot to be a fly-flap.-

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Thus spake Zarathustra.

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13. Chastity

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I LOVE the forest. It is bad to live in cities: there, there are too many of the lustful.

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Is it not better to fall into the hands of a murderer than into the dreams of a lustful woman?

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And just look at these men: their eye saith it- they know nothing better on earth than to lie with a woman.

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Filth is at the bottom of their souls; and alas! if their filth hath still spirit in it!

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Would that ye were perfect- at least as animals! But to animals belongeth innocence.

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Do I counsel you to slay your instincts? I counsel you to innocence in your instincts.

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Do I counsel you to chastity? Chastity is a virtue with some, but with many almost a vice.

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These are continent, to be sure: but doggish lust looketh enviously out of all that they do.

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Even into the heights of their virtue and into their cold spirit doth this creature follow them, with its discord.

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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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