" . . . Where the market-place begins, there begins the uproar
of the great actors and the buzzing of the poisonous flies . . . The people have little
idea of greatness, that is to say: creativeness . . . The actors possess spirit but little
conscience of the spirit . . . The market-place is full of solemn buffoons . . .
want blood from you in all innocence, their bloodless souls thirst for blood . . .
Flee my friend . . . "1a
"' . . . Must not all things that can happen have
already happened, been done, run past?
'And if all things have been here before: what do you think of
this moment, dwarf?
' . . . must we not return eternally?'"1b*
" . . . [I]t is the rarest thing to find a philosopher clever
as well as wise, and not an ass."1c
" . . .
[E]verything is explained by fear,
original sin and original virtue. From fear grew also my
virtue, which is called: science."1d*
"What is good? All that
enhances the feeling of power, the Will to Power, and power itself
in man. What is bad?--All that proceeds from weakness. What
is happiness?--The feeling that power is increasing,--that
resistance has been overcome. . .
What is more harmful than any vice?--Practical sympathy
with all the botched and the weak--Christianity."5a*
" . . . [T]he Jews are the most fatal
people in the history of the world: their ultimate influence has falsified
mankind to such an extent, that even to this day the
Christian can be anti-Semitic in spirit, without
comprehending that he himself is the final consequence of
"I fail to see against whom was
directed the insurrection of which rightly or wrongly
Jesus is understood to have been the promoter, if it were not
directed against the Jewish church . . . It was an
insurrection against the "good and the just," against
the "prophets of Israel," against the hierarchy of
society--not against the latter's corruption, but against
caste, privilege, order, formality."5c*
"The very word "Christianity"
is a misunderstanding,--truth to tell, there never was more
than one Christian, and he died on the cross. The
"gospel" died on the cross."5d*
" . . . 'who has killed him [Jesus]?'
'who was his natural enemy?' . . . Reply: dominant
Judaism, its ruling class. Thenceforward the disciple
. . . understood Jesus, after the fact, as one in revolt
against established order."5e*
"The Christian is nothing more than an anarchical
Italics in the original.
1 Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). Thus
Spoke Zarathustra (written 1883-1885, first appeared in 1892).
Translated with an Introduction by R.J. Hollingdale, 1961 and 1969. London, England:
Penguin Books Ltd.
a Part 1, Of the Flies of the Marketplace, at
b Part 3, Of the Vision and the Riddle, at
c Part 4, Of the Higher Man, at 296-306.
d Part 4, Of Science, at 311-313.
2 Friedrich Nietzsche. The
Gay Science (1882). With a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix
of Songs. Translated with Commentary by Walter Kaufmann. New York,
NY: Random House Inc., 1974. Book 3, No. 125, The Madman, at
3 Friedrich Nietzsche. The
Will To Power (written 1883-1888). Translated by
Walter Kaufmann and R.J. Hollingdale. Edited, with Commentary, by
Walter Kaufmann, 1967. New York, NY: Random House Inc. (Vintage
Books Edition, 1968).
a Preface, at 3.
b Book I: European Nihilism, at 9.
c Book III: Principles of a New Evaluation. The Will to
Power as Life, Anti-Darwin, at 364.
d Book IV: Discipline and Breeding. The Highest Man as
Legislator of the Future, at 519.
e Book IV: Discipline and Breeding. The Eternal
Recurrence, at 550.
4 Friedrich Nietzsche. Human,
All Too Human, I: A Book for Free Spirits (1876-1877).
The Complete Works of Friedrich
Nietzsche, Vol. 3. Translated with an Afterword, by
Gary Handwerk. Translated from Friedrich Nietzsche, Samtliche
Werke, Kritische Studienausgabe, ed. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino
Montinari, in 15 vols. The book corresponds to Vol. 2, pp. 11-363.
Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, 1995.
Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
a Ch. 2: On the History of the Moral Sensations, 92,
5 Friedrich Nietzsche. The
Antichrist. Translated by Anthony M. Ludovici.
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2000.
a No. 1, at 4.
b No. 24, at 30-31.
c No. 27, at 38.
d No. 39, at 54.
e No. 40, at 57.
f No. 44, at 66.