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From ‘The Will to Power’ by F. Nietzsche

  1. What is #nobility?

This is when you constantly have to represent. When you are looking for positions in which you constantly need to have a habit (manners and manoeuvres). When you leave happiness to the majority: happiness as peace, virtue, comfort a La Spencer. When you instinctively seek a heavy responsibility for yourself. When you make enemies everywhere, in the worst case – in your own person. When you constantly oppose the majority not in words, but in deeds. ” (C)


Il. What is #nobility?

– Thoroughness in everything external, even with a certain touch of frivolity in words, clothing, behaviour, if this shade separates, keeps at a distance, does not allow not to distinguish.

– Slowness of the gesture, as well as a long look. There are not so many truly valuable things in the world, and they themselves are also drawn to something valuable. We are stingy with admiration.

– A dignified bearing of poverty and privation, as well as disease.

– Evasion of small honours, distrust of one who is easy to praise: for the praiser seriously believes that he understands what he is praising: but to understand-Balzac, that typical ambitious man has well guessed it – comprendre c’est égaler [to understand is to equalize (FR.)].

– Our doubts about the communion of the heart go to the very depths; loneliness is not as a chosen destiny, but as a given.

– The belief that one can only have obligations to one’s equals, but with others to adhere to the idea that only inter pares [among equals (lat.)] we can hope (unfortunately, we are far from counting on it) for justice.

– Irony to the “gifted”; belief in native nobility also in the moral.

– All the time to feel like someone who is used to “distribute” honours, while finding someone who is allowed to honour you is not easy.

– All the time in a masquerade: the higher the analysis, the more a person needs incognito (secretly, secretly, without revealing his name).

– The ability to otium, the absolute conviction that craft, work in any sense, although not a disgrace, but, of course, harm the nobility. Not “diligence” in the bourgeois, middle-class sense, however highly we may honour it, and not like those unceasingly clucking artists who create like chickens: cackle, lay an egg, and cackle again.

– We “patronize” artists and poets and all sorts of masters of their craft: but as beings higher in kind than those who only know how to do something, than just “productive people” – we do not mix ourselves with them.

– Attachment to the formal: the desire to protect everything connected with the form, the conviction that politeness is one of the greatest virtues; distrust of all kinds of self-indulgence, including all freedom of the press and thought, because in them the spirit begins to relax complacently and comfortably with its limbs outstretched.

– Favoring women as beings, perhaps of a smaller, but more subtle and light kind. What happiness it is to meet creatures who have only dancing, nonsense, and dress on their minds! They have always been the object of admiration for all truly deep and serious men’s souls, whose lives are burdened with great responsibility.

– Favoring rulers and priests, because they support the belief in the difference of human values at least symbolically in relation to the past and at least in fact in the present.

– The ability to remain silent: but not a word about this in front of prying ears.

– Ability to quarrel for a long time: the lack of easy “addcust”, peace.

– Aversion to demagogy, to” enlightenment”, to” comfort”, to the familiarity of the rabble.

– Collecting rare expensive things, the needs of an exalted and discerning soul; not wanting to have anything in common. Their books, their landscapes.

– We are distrustful of both bad and good experiences and are not so quick to generalize. Special case: how ironic we are to a particular case if it has enough bad taste to present itself as a rule!

– We love the naive and the naive, but as viewers and higher beings, we find Faust as naive as his Gretchen.

“We don’t value good people very much, like herd animals: we know how often there is a priceless grain of gold hidden among the worst, meanest, harshest people, which can outweigh all empty kindness and beauty.

– We will not reject a man of our kind for his vices or his follies. We know how difficult it is to recognize us, and that we have every reason to strive to stand out.”(c)



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