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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Old and Young Women
By Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)
 
From ‘Thus Spake Zarathustra’: Translation of Thomas Common

EVERYTHING in woman is a riddle, and everything in woman hath one solution—it is called child-bearing.  1
  Man is for woman, a means: the purpose is always the child. But what is woman for man?  2
  Two different things wanteth the true man: danger and diversion. Therefore wanteth he woman, as the most dangerous plaything.  3
  Man shall be trained for war, and woman for the recreation of the warrior: all else is folly.  4
  Too sweet fruits—these the warrior liketh not. Therefore liketh he woman;—bitter is even the sweetest woman.  5
  Better than man doth woman understand children, but man is more childish than woman.  6
  In the true man there is a child hidden: it wanteth to play. Up then, ye women, and discover the child in man!  7
  A plaything let woman be, pure and fine like the precious stone, illumined with the virtues of a world not yet come.  8
  Let the beam of a star shine in your love! Let your hope say: “May I bear the Superman!”  9
  In your love let there be valor! With your love shall ye assail him who inspireth you with fear!  10
  In your love be your honor! Little doth woman understand otherwise about honor. But let this be your honor: always to love more than ye are loved, and never be the second.  11
  Let man fear woman when she loveth: then maketh she every sacrifice, and everything else she regardeth as worthless.  12
  Let man fear woman when she hateth: for man in his innermost soul is merely evil; woman, however, is mean.  13
 
 
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