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Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich…

Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1885)

by Friedrich Nietzsche

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    The elements of metaphysics : being a guide for lectures and private use by Paul Deussen (galacticus)
    galacticus: Deussen was a lifelong friend of Nietzsche. They were students at Gymnasium; both earned Philology degrees; both became professors; but more importantly, both were students of Schopenhauer.
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    Sartor Resartus and On Heroes and Hero Worship by Thomas Carlyle (slickdpdx)
    slickdpdx: It is as if Carlyle willed Nietzsche into being.

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  Jway | Apr 18, 2016 |
Thus Spoke Zarathustra clearly sets out to be equal parts shocking, unsettling, and inspiring, and it certainly achieves these aims (although I'm sure the distribution of these reactions will vary greatly reader to reader). Nietzsche drags himself out of his melancholy by embracing his own 'will to power' as his sole determinant and anchor in life, and pulls no punches in outlining the ramifications of this delivery for the state, religion, and popular social norms of 'virtue'.

I often heard people say, "Friedrich Nietzsche was monumentally influential in the history of Western thought," but I appreciate this statement in a much more deeper and nuanced way after reading Zarathustra. ( )
  jamesshelley | Apr 6, 2016 |
There is a mixed quality of readers, some with background street noise, or poor readers, but generally acceptable. On the other hand, the quality and importance of the work for Nietzsche make it indispensable.
  gmicksmith | Jan 27, 2016 |
This book is of a very odd type. It is presented very much as one would envision a prophet's tale from any number of religious backgrounds. This seems like an attempt to create a following for a gnostic religious outlook, and a way for Nietzsche to live on in a form similar to the christian prophets and stories he so adamantly spoke out against in his book "Beyond Good and Evil". ( )
  Clancy.Coonradt | Sep 25, 2015 |
This book is so different from anything else I've ever read that I don't quite know what to say. Don't... try... this... at home? ( )
  trilliams | May 30, 2015 |
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Nietzsche, Friedrichprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carbonell, ManuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cowan, MarianneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Endt, P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gramowski, WolframAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hollingdale, R. J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hollingdale, R. J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaufmann, Walter ArnoldTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaufmann, Walter ArnoldPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marsman, HendrikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marsman, HendrikIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marsman, HendrikEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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If there are any persons who contest a received opinion...let us thank them for it, open our minds to listen to them, and rejoice that there is someone to do for us what we otherwise ought, if we have any regard for either the certainty or the vitality of our convictions, to do with much greater labor for ourselves. - John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
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When Zarathustra was thirty years old he left his home and the lake and went into the mountains.
But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
"When the truth has triumphed for once, he has asked what great lie has fought for it."
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Nietzsche's most overtly lyrical work, in which ideas including the death of God and the eternal recurrence of the same events (both seen in their earlier stages in The Gay Science) are placed in the mouth of a wandering anti-prophet. Technically incomplete; the fourth book was originally intended as an intermezzo.
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Man's a bridge between
Animal and superman.
I've a big moustache.

God is dead. Now what?
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Nietzsche was one of the most revolutionary and subversive thinkers in Western philosophy, and "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" remains his most famous and influential work. It describes how the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra descends from his solitude in the mountains to tell the world that God is dead and that the Superman, the human embodiment of divinity, is his successor. With blazing intensity and poetic brilliance, Nietzsche argues that the meaning of existence is not to be found in religious pieties or meek submission, but in an all-powerful life force: passionate, chaotic & free.

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