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From Thus Spoke Zarathustra translated by Walter Kaufmann:

“But say, my brothers, what can the child do that even the lion could not do? Why must the preying lion still become a child? The child is innocence and forgetting, a new beginning, a game, a self-propelled wheel, a first movement, a sacred ‘Yes.’ For the game of creation, my brothers, a sacred ‘Yes’ is needed: the spirit now wills its own will, and he who had been lost to the world now conquers his own world.”

“A new pride my ego taught me, and this I teach men: no longer to bury one’s head in the sand of heavenly things, but to bear it freely, an earthly head, which creates a meaning for the earth.

“A new will I teach men: to will this way which man has walked blindly, and to affirm it, and no longer to sneak away from it like the sick and decaying.”

“You say to me, ‘Life is hard to bear.’ But why would you have your pride in the morning and your resignation in the evening? Life is hard to bear; but do not act so tenderly! We are all of us fair beasts of burden, male and female asses. What do we have in common with the rosebud, which trembles because a drop of dew lies on it?”

“I have learned to walk: ever since, I let myself run. I have learned to fly: ever since, I do not want to be pushed before moving along.
“Now I am light, now I fly, now I see myself beneath myself, now a god dances through me.”

“But it is with man as it is with the tree. The more he aspires to the height and light, the more strongly do his roots strive earthward, downward, into the dark, the deep – into evil.”

“’I no longer trust myself since I aspire to the height, and nobody trusts me anymore; how did this happen? I change too fast: my today refutes my yesterday. I often skip steps when I climb: no step forgives me that. When I am at the top I always find myself alone. Nobody speaks to me; the frost of loneliness makes me shiver. What do I want up high? My contempt and my longing grow at the same time; the higher I climb, the more I despise the climber. What does he want up high? How ashamed I am of my climbing and stumbling! How I mock at my violent panting! How I hate the flier! How weary I am up high!’”

“The earth is filled with the superfluous; life is spoiled by the all-too-many.”

“You say it is the good cause that hallows even war? I say unto you: it is the good war that hallows any cause. War and courage have accomplished more great things than love of the neighbor. Not your pity but your courage has so far saved the unfortunate.”

“They call you heartless: but you have a heart, and I love you for being ashamed to show it. You are ashamed of your flood, while others are ashamed of their ebb.”

“You may have only enemies whom you can hate, not enemies you despise. You must be proud of your enemy: then the successes of your enemy are your successes too.”

“Your love of life shall be love of your highest hope; and your highest hope shall be the highest thought of life. Your highest thought, however, you should receive as a command from me – and it is: man is something that shall be overcome.
“Thus live your life of obedience and war. What matters long life? What warrior wants to be spared?”

“All-too-many are born: for the superfluous the state was invented.”

“No longer raise up your arm against them. Numberless are they, and it is not your lot to shoo flies.”

“But you, you deep one, suffer too deeply even from small wounds; and even before you have healed, the same poisonous worm crawls over your hand. You are too proud to kill these greedy creatures. But beware lest it become your downfall that you suffer all their poisonous injustice.
“They hum around you with their praise too: obtrusiveness is their praise. They want the proximity of your skin and your blood. They flatter you as a god or devil; they whine before you as before a god or devil. What does it matter? They are flatterers and whiners and nothing more.”

“For the hermit the friend is always the third person: the third is the cork that prevents the conversation of the two from sinking into the depths.”

“And often love is only a device to overcome envy. And often one attacks and makes an enemy in order to conceal that one is open to attack.”

“You cannot groom yourself too beautifully for your friend: for you shall be to him an arrow and a longing for the overman.”

“You cannot endure yourselves and do not love yourselves enough: now you want to seduce your neighbor to love, and then gild yourselves with his error.”

“One man goes to his neighbor because he seeks himself; another because he would lose himself. Your bad love of yourselves turns your solitude into a prison.”

“I teach you not the neighbor, but the friend. The friend should be the festival of the earth to you and an anticipation of the overman.”

“You call yourself free? Your dominant thought I want to hear, and not that you have escaped from a yoke. Are you one of those who had the right to escape from a yoke? There are some who threw away their last value when they threw away their servitude.
“Free from what? As if that mattered to Zarathustra! But your eyes should tell me brightly: free for what?”

“And beware also of the attacks of your love! The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters. To some people you may not give your hand, only a paw: and I desire that your paw should also have claws.”

“Lonely one, you are going the way of the lover: yourself you love, and therefore you despise yourself, as only lovers despise. The lover would create because he despises. What does he know of love who did not have to despise precisely what he loved!”

“Whom does woman hate most? Thus spoke the iron to the magnet: ‘I hate you most because you attract, but are not strong enough to pull me to you.’”

“With knowledge, the body purifies itself; making experiments with knowledge, it elevates itself; in the lover of knowledge all instincts become holy; in the elevated, the soul becomes gay.”

“The man of knowledge must not only love his enemies, he must also be able to hate his friends.
“One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.”

“But this is what the will to truth should mean to you: that everything be changed into what is thinkable for man, visible for man, feelable by man. You should think through your own senses to their consequences.”

“But let me reveal my heart to you entirely, my friends: if there were gods, how could I endure not to be a god! Hence there are no gods. Though I drew this conclusion, now it draws me.”

“He who has knowledge walks among men as among animals.
“To him who has knowledge, man himself is ‘the animal with red cheeks.’ How did this come about? Is it not because man has had to be ashamed too often?”

“’Be reserved in accepting! Distinguish by accepting!’ Thus I advise those who have nothing to give.”

“But beggars should be abolished entirely! Verily, it is annoying to give to them and it is annoying not to give to them.”

“My brothers, one knows a little too much about everybody. And we can even see through some men and yet we can by no means pass through them.”

“But if you have a suffering friend, be a resting place for his suffering, but a hard bed as it were, a field cot: thus will you profit him best.
“And if a friend does you evil, then say: ‘I forgive you what you did to me; but that you have done it to yourself – how could I forgive that?’ Thus speaks all great love: it overcomes even forgiveness and pity.”

“They would have to sing better songs for me to learn to have faith in their Redeemer: and his disciples would have to look more redeemed!”

“And if a man goes through fire for his doctrine – what does that prove? Verily, it is more if your own doctrine comes out of your own fire.”

“And there are others who call it virtue when their vices grow lazy; and when their hatred and jealousy stretch their limbs for once, then their ‘justice’ comes to life and rubs its sleepy eyes.”

“I do not wish to be mixed up and confused with these preachers of equality. For, to me justice speaks thus: ‘Men are not equal.’ Nor shall they become equal! What would my love of the overman be if I spoke otherwise?”

“Spirit is the life that itself cuts into life: with its own agony it increases its own knowledge. Did you know that?
“And the happiness of the spirit is this: to be anointed and through tears to be consecrated as a sacrificial animal. Did you know that?
“And the blindness of the blind and their seeking and groping shall yet bear witness to the power of the sun, into which they have looked. Did you know that?
“And the lover of knowledge shall learn to build with mountains. It means little that the spirit moves mountains. Did you know that?
“You know only the spark of the spirit, but you do not see the anvil it is, nor the cruelty of its hammer.”

“You are no eagles: hence you have never experienced the happiness that is in the terror of the spirit. And he who is not a bird should not build his nest over abysses.”

“Deeply I love only life – and verily, most of all when I hate life. But that I am well disposed toward wisdom, and often too well, that is because she reminds me so much of life.”

“And when I did what was hardest for me and celebrated the triumph of my overcomings, then you made those who loved me scream that I was hurting them most.”

“And once I wanted to dance as I had never danced before: over all the heavens I wanted to dance. Then you persuaded my dearest singer. And he struck up a horrible dismal tune; alas, he tooted in my ears like a gloomy horn.”

“And you tell me, friends, that there is no disputing of taste and tasting? But all of life is a dispute over taste and tasting. Taste – that is at the same time weight and scales and weigher; and woe unto all the living that would live without disputes over weight and scales and weighers!”

“Verily, I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws.”

“For men are not equal: thus speaks justice. And what I want, they would have no right to want.”

“Willing liberates; but what is it that puts even the liberator himself in fetters? ‘It was’ – that is the name of the will’s gnashing of teeth and most secret melancholy. Powerless against what has been done, he is an angry spectator of all that is past. The will cannot will backwards; and that he cannot break time and time’s covetousness, that is the will’s loneliest melancholy.”

“This, indeed this alone, is what revenge is: the will’s ill will against time and its ‘it was.’”

“For ‘punishment’ is what revenge calls itself; with a hypocritical lie it creates a good conscience for itself.”

“Courage, however, is the best slayer – courage which attacks: which slays even death itself, for it says, ‘Was that life? Well then! Once more!’”

“He who gives praise poses as if he were giving back; in truth, however, he wants more gifts.”

“’We have placed our chair in the middle’ your smirking says to me; ‘and exactly as far from dying fighters as from amused sows.’ That, however, is mediocrity, though it be called moderation.”

“But that a tree may become great, it must strike hard roots around hard rocks.”

“This is the manner of noble souls: they do not want to have anything for nothing; least of all, life. Whoever is of the mob wants to live for nothing; we others, however, to whom life gave itself, we always think about what we might best give in return. And verily, that is a noble speech which says, ‘What life promises us, we ourselves want to keep to life.’”

“O my brothers, I dedicate and direct you to a new nobility: you shall become procreators and cultivators and sowers of the future – verily, not to a nobility that you might buy like shopkeepers and with shopkeepers’ gold: for whatever has its price has little value.
“Not whence you come shall henceforth constitute your honor, but whither you are going! Your will and your foot which has a will to go over and beyond yourselves – that shall constitute your new honor...
“O my brothers, your nobility should not look backward but ahead! Exiles shall you be from all father- and forefather-lands! Your children’s land shall you love: this love shall be your new nobility – the undiscovered land in the most distant sea. For that I bid your sails search and search.
“In your children you shall make up for being the children of your fathers: thus you shall redeem all that is past. This new tablet I place over you.”

The Gay Science:

"But what if pleasure and displeasure were so tied together that whoever wanted to have as much as possible of one must also have as much as possible of the other - that whoever wanted to learn to 'jubilate up to the heavens' would also have to be prepared for 'depression unto death'?"