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Thus Spake Zarathustra Quotes

22 of the best book quotes from Thus Spake Zarathustra
  1. #1
    “I want to have goblins about me, for I am courageous.”
  2. #2
    “Courage, however, and adventure, and delight in the uncertain, in the unattempted—COURAGE seemeth to me the entire primitive history of man.”
  3. #3
    “I have departed from the house of the scholars, and the door have I also slammed behind me. Too long did my soul sit hungry at their table: not like them have I got the knack of investigating, as the knack of nut-cracking. Freedom do I love, and the air over fresh soil; rather would I sleep on ox-skins than on their honours and dignities.”
  4. #4
    “It is true we love life; not because we are wont to live, but because we are wont to love. There is always some madness in love. But there is always, also, some method in madness.”
  5. #5
    “Hearken rather, my brethren, to the voice of the healthy body; it is a more upright and pure voice. More uprightly and purely speaketh the healthy body, perfect and square-built; and it speaketh of the meaning of the earth.”
  6. #6
    “Lift up your hearts, my brethren, high, higher! And do not forget your legs! Lift up also your legs, ye good dancers, and better still if ye stand upon your heads!”
  7. #7
    “‘Zarathustra’ is my brother’s most personal work; it is the history of his most individual experiences, of his friendships, ideals, raptures, bitterest disappointments and sorrows. Above it all, however, there soars, transfiguring it, the image of his greatest hopes and remotest aims.”
  8. #8
    “For fear—that is man’s original and fundamental feeling; through fear everything is explained, original sin and original virtue.”
  9. #9
    “My shadow calleth me? What matter about my shadow! Let it run after me! I—run away from it.”
  10. #10
    “Call me however what thou wilt—I am who I must be. I call myself Zarathustra.”
  11. #11
    “In my domain shall no one come to grief; my cave is a good haven. And best of all would I like to put every sorrowful one again on firm land and firm legs.”

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  1. #12
    “Mine eagle is awake, and like me honoureth the sun. With eagle-talons doth it grasp at the new light. Ye are my proper animals; I love you. But still do I lack my proper men!”
  2. #13
    “He whom the flame of jealousy encompasseth, turneth at last, like the scorpion, the poisoned sting against himself.”
  3. #14
    “Is not wounded vanity the mother of all tragedies? Where, however, pride is wounded, there there groweth up something better than pride.”
  4. #15
    “For nothing is more precious to me, and rarer, than honesty.”
  5. #16
    “I became weary of the poets, of the old and of the new: superficial are they all unto me, and shallow seas. They did not think sufficiently into the depth; therefore their feeling did not reach to the bottom.”
  6. #17
    “Ah, my friends! I should have something more to say unto you! I should have something more to give unto you! Why do I not give it? Am I then a niggard?”
  7. #18
    “Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood. Write with blood, and thou wilt find that blood is spirit.”
  8. #19
    “Ye are only bridges: may higher ones pass over upon you! Ye signify steps: so do not upbraid him who ascendeth beyond you into HIS height!”
  9. #20
    “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.”
  10. #21
    “Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood. Write with blood, and thou wilt find that blood is spirit.”
  11. #22
    “Be not virtuous beyond your powers! And seek nothing from yourselves opposed to probability! Walk in the footsteps in which your fathers’ virtue hath already walked! How would ye rise high, if your fathers’ will should not rise with you?”
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