In fact this book
is a work of genius and, as always with works of genius, it is difficult to analyze the elements that have gone to make it.
He robbed him of a great deal of his natural force, and so do all those who try to turn books
written in verse into another language, for, with all the pains they take and all the cleverness they show, they never can reach the level of the originals as they were first produced.
With that he darted forward to pick up the books
, while I bent down to help him.
I beg that you will accept my thanks for the kindly spirit in which you have read my books
It was a presentiment that human thought, in changing its form, was about to change its mode of expression; that the dominant idea of each generation would no longer be written with the same matter, and in the same manner; that the book
of stone, so solid and so durable, was about to make way for the book
of paper, more solid and still more durable.
There are none of those one-legged scoundrels in my books
,' I say.
, his first book
, and his pulse had not gone up a fraction of a beat, and he was only sad.
my only hope was to absorb myself, body and soul, in the books
These first books
we call Manuscripts, from the Latin words manus, a hand, and scribere, to write, for they were all written by hand.
You are entirely and wholeheartedly welcome to the loan of any book
My residence was more favorable, not only to thought, but to serious reading, than a university; and though I was beyond the range of the ordinary circulating library, I had more than ever come within the influence of those books
which circulate round the world, whose sentences were first written on bark, and are now merely copied from time to time on to linen paper.
Other figures, such as the dog in the second, third, and fourth books
, or the marriage of the portionless maiden in the sixth book
, or the drones and wasps in the eighth and ninth books
, also form links of connection in long passages, or are used to recall previous discussions.
With all this my good reader will doubtless agree; but much of it will probably seem too severe, when applied to the slanderer of books
Now, it is clear that the book
with the most mysterious, startling, or suggestive title, will always stand the best chance of being purchased by those who have no other criteria to guide them in their choice than the aspect of a title-page; and this explains why "Thus Spake Zarathustra" is almost always the first and often the only one of Nietzsche's books
that falls into the hands of the uninitiated.
Over and over again in my past experience among my perishing fellow-creatures, the members of the notoriously infidel profession of Medicine had stepped between me and my mission of mercy-- on the miserable pretence that the patient wanted quiet, and that the disturbing influence of all others which they most dreaded, was the influence of Miss Clack and her Books