(1844 - 1900)
Thus Spake Zarathustra
sublime one saw I today, a solemn one, a penitent of the
spirit: Oh, how my soul laughed at his ugliness! (thus
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.
"They are mine animals," said
Zarathustra, and rejoiced in his heart.
"The proudest animal under the sun,
and the wisest animal under the sun,- they have come out to reconnoitre.
They want to know whether Zarathustra still
liveth. Verily, do I still live?
More dangerous have I found it among men
than among animals; in dangerous paths goeth Zarathustra. Let mine animals
When Zarathustra had said this, he remembered
the words of the saint in the forest. Then he sighed and spake thus to
"Would that I were wiser! Would that
I were wise from the very heart, like my serpent!
But I am asking the impossible. Therefore
do I ask my pride to go always with my wisdom!
And if my wisdom should some day forsake
me:- alas! it loveth to fly away!- may my pride then fly with my folly!"
Thus began Zarathustra's down-going.
qu'on fait n'est jamais compris mais seulement loué ou blâmé.
Nietzsche, Gay Science