Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

By Friedrich Nietzsche

A 19th-century literary masterpiece, vastly influential within the arts and in philosophy, makes use of the Persian spiritual chief Zarathustra to voice the author's perspectives, together with the creation of the arguable doctrine of the Übermensch, or "superman," a time period later perverted through Nazi propagandists. A passionate, quasi-biblical variety is hired to encourage readers.

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A by-way to my purpose. " And thereupon it suffereth, and thinketh how it may put an end thereto—and for that very purpose it IS MEANT to think. " Thereupon it rejoiceth, and thinketh how it may ofttimes rejoice—and for that very purpose it IS MEANT to think. To the despisers of the body will I speak a word. That they despise is caused by their esteem. What is it that created esteeming and despising and worth and will? The creating Self created for itself esteeming and despising, it created for itself joy and woe.

I go not your way, ye despisers of the body! — Thus spake Zarathustra. V. JOYS AND PASSIONS. My brother, when thou hast a virtue, and it is thine own virtue, thou hast it in common with no one. To be sure, thou wouldst call it by name and caress it; thou wouldst pull its ears and amuse thyself with it. And lo! Then hast thou its name in common with the people, and hast become one of the people and the herd with thy virtue! " Let thy virtue be too high for the familiarity of names, and if thou must speak of it, be not ashamed to stammer about it.

Ye shall only have enemies to be hated, but not enemies to be despised. Ye must be proud of your enemies; then, the successes of your enemies are also your successes. Resistance—that is the distinction of the slave. Let your distinction be obedience. Let your commanding itself be obeying! " And all that is dear unto you, ye shall first have it commanded unto you. Let your love to life be love to your highest hope; and let your highest hope be the highest thought of life! Your highest thought, however, ye shall have it commanded unto you by me—and it is this: man is something that is to be surpassed.

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