Re: Quoting Nietzsche is a perilous business

From: scerir (
Date: Sun Jan 06 2002 - 01:41:56 MST

> "When a woman has an interest for science, it is most often the sign
> that her sexuality is troubled." [my translation]
> Do you agree with that ? :-)
> Jacques

Nietzsche never did find a woman to marry. And that was
a big problem. There is generally a touch of irony in Nietzsche's
references to women, but it would be altogether a delusion
to suppose him inimical to the 'weaker sex.' It is against
the modern tendency to sex equality, sex similarity that he
raises his voice.

During 1877 he writes to Malwida von Meysenbug:
'I still have the pleasant task of finding me a wife before Fall.'
Five years later, in a letter dated March 21, 1882 to his friend
Paul Rée, Nietzsche has changed his view on marriage.
No longer was it to be the fulfillment of his life's desires.:
'Do greet that Russian girl for me, if you see any sense in it:
I have a passion for this kind of soul. So much so, that I shall
very soon go on the prowl for one. Considering what I intend
to do in the next ten years, it's essential. Marriage is an entirely
different story; I could agree to two years of it at most, and even
this much only in view of what I have to do in the next ten years.'
The 'Russian girl' Nietzsche was referring to was Louise (Lou) Salomé.
Described as a 'blue-eyed blonde with the classic Roman features'

- Woman was God's second mistake
- When marrying one should ask oneself
this question: Do you believe that you will
be able to converse well with this woman
into your old age?
- Ah, women. They make the highs higher
and the laws more frequent.
- Two different things wanteth the true man:
danger and diversion. Therefore wanteth he woman,
as the most dangerous plaything.
- Too sweet fruits--these the warrior liketh not.
Therefore liketh he woman;--bitter is even the
sweetest woman.
- In the true man there is a child hidden; it wanteth to play.
Up then, ye women, and discover the child in man.
- 'Many fine things hath Zarathustra said. Strange!
Zarathustra knoweth little about woman, and yet he
is right about them.'
- 'Give me, woman, thy little truth!' said I. And thus spake
the old woman: 'Thou goest to women? Forget not thy whip!'

But also
- There cannot be a God because if there
were one, I could not believe that I was
not He.
- We should call every truth false which
was not accompanied by at least one

And the extropic quotes
- Once spirit was God, then it became
man, and now it is even becoming mob.
- The future influences the present
just as much as the past.
- You must have chaos within you to
give birth to a dancing star.

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