The Lying Poets (Pt. 2)

The Fool

 We also know too little, and are bad learners: so we are obliged to lie. And which of us poets  has not adulterated his wine? Many a poisonous hotchpotch has evolved in our cellars: many  an indescribable thing has there been done. And because we know little, therefore are we  pleased from the heart with the poor in spirit, especially when they are young women! And  even of those things are we desirous, which old women tell one another in the evening. This do we call the eternally feminine in us. And as if there were a special secret access to  knowledge, which chokes up for those who learn anything, so do we believe in the people  and in their “wisdom.” This, however, do all poets believe: that whoever pricks up his ears  when lying in the grass or on lonely slopes, learns something of the things that are between  heaven and earth. And if there come to them tender emotions, then do the poets always think that nature herself is in love with them: And that she steals to their ear to whisper secrets into it, and amorous flatteries: of this do they plume and pride themselves, before all  mortals!

from: Thus Spoke Zarathustra  by  F. Nietzsche (Ed: Bill Chapko)

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2 comments on “The Lying Poets (Pt. 2)

  1. colonialist says:

    I must admit that when reading about Also Sprach Zarathustra, I find myself distracted by things like a Richard Strauss tone poem and a Space Odyssey …

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