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The Gay Science
Transcript of The Gay Science
What is originality? To see something that has no name as yet and hence cannot be mentioned although it stares us all in the face.
And we have killed him.
The total character of the world is in all eternity chaos - in the sense not of a lack of necessity but of a lack of order, arrangement, form, beauty, wisdom, and whatever other names there are for our aesthetic anthropomorphisms.
The Gay Science
Pursue your best or your worst desires, and above all perish!
Hatred, the mischievous delight in the misfortunes of others, the lust to rob and dominate, and whatever else is called evil belongs to the most amazing economy of the preservation of the species.
There is something at which it is absolutely forbidden henceforth to laugh
The strength of knowledge does not depend on its degree of truth but on its age
How should explanations be at all possible when we first turn everything into an image, our image!
In truth we are confronted by a continuum out of which we isolate a couple of pieces.
Arbitrary division and dismemberment
I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things
Petrification of opinions is obstacle to search for knowledge
One must be able to lose oneself occasionally if one wants to learn something from things different from oneself
Try to con men into believing that they are in a very bad way and need some ultimate, hard, radical cure.
"Evil people are unhappy"
"Your selfishness is your misfortune"
The eternal recurrence
Your thoughtlessness and stupidity, the way you live according to the rule, your submission to your neighbor's opinion is the reason why you so rarely achieve happiness; we thinkers, as thinkers, are the happiest of all.
Your "moral strength" might have its source in your stubbornness - or in your inability to envisage new ideas.
What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: "This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence - even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!
The belief in the Christian god has become unbelievable
All the daring of the lover of knowledge is permitted again
Science also rests on a faith
"Nothing is needed more than truth, and in relation to it everything else has only second-rate value."
But why not deceive? Why not allow oneself to be deceived?
Truth is not even that useful - and often dangerous
Truth is divine
But what if God himself should prove to be our most enduring lie?
Demand for certainty
Instinct of weakness
Conversely, one could conceive of such a pleasure and power of self-determination, such a freedom of the will that the spirit would take leave of all faith and every wish for certainty, being practiced in dancing even near abysses.
The way men usually are, it takes a name to make something visible for them. - Those with originality have for the most part also assigned names.