By Friedrich Nietzsche
The literary profession of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) spanned below two decades, yet no sector of highbrow inquiry was once left untouched by way of his iconoclastic genius. The thinker who introduced the dying of God within the homosexual technological know-how (1882) and went directly to problem the Christian code of morality in past stable and Evil (1886), grappled with the basic problems with the human in his personal excessive autobiography, Ecce Homo (1888). such a lot infamous of all, maybe, his proposal of the triumphantly transgressive übermann ('superman') is constructed within the severe, but poetic phrases of hence Spake Zarathustra (1883-92). even if addressing traditional Western philosophy or breaking new flooring, Nietzsche significantly prolonged the limits of nineteenth-century notion.
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EH Why I am a Destiny 1] PART ONE PHILOSOPHY AND PHILOSOPHERS 1 Family failing of philosophers. – All philosophers have the common failing of starting out from man as he is now and thinking they can reach their goal through an analysis of him. They involuntarily think of ‘man’ as an aeterna veritas, as something that remains constant in the midst of all flux, as a sure measure of things. Everything the philosopher has declared about man is, however, at bottom no more than a testimony as to the man of a very limited period of time.
One day there will be associated with my name the recollection of something frightful – of a crisis like no other before on earth, of the profoundest collision of conscience, of a decision evoked against everything that until then had been believed in, demanded, sanctified. I am not a man, I am dynamite. – And with all that there is nothing in me of a founder of a religion – religions are affairs of the rabble, I have need of washing my hands after contact with religious people … I do not want ‘believers’, I think I am too malicious to believe in myself, I never speak to masses … I have a terrible fear I shall one day be pronounced holy: one will guess why I bring out this book beforehand, it is intended to prevent people from making mischief with me … I do not want to be a saint, rather even a buffoon … Perhaps I am a buffoon … And nonetheless, or rather not nonetheless – for there has hitherto been nothing more mendacious than saints – the truth speaks out of me.
The great dragon is called ‘You shall’. ’ ‘You shall’ lies in its path, sparkling with gold, a scale-covered beast, and on every scale glitters golden ‘You shall’. Values of a thousand years glitter on the scales, and thus speaks the mightiest of all dragons: ‘All the values of things – glitter on me. ‘All values have already been created, and all created values – are in me. ’ Thus speaks the dragon. My brothers, why is the lion needed in the spirit? Why does the beast of burden, that renounces and is reverent, not suffice?
A Nietzsche Reader (Penguin Classics) by Friedrich Nietzsche