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good and evil betrayeth unto me an old will unto power.

It hath been you, ye wisest men, who placed such guests in the boat and gave them pomp and proud names, ye and your dominating will !

Now the river carrieth on your boat; it must carry it on. Little matter if the broken wave foameth and angrily contradicteth the keel!

Not the river is your danger, nor the end of your good and evil, ye wisest men; but that will itself, will unto power, the unexhausted, procreative will of flif e.

But in order that ye may understand my word of good and evil, I shall tell you my word of life and of all kinds of living things.

I pursued living things, I walked on the broadest and the narrowest paths to perceive their kin.

With an hundredfold mirror I caught their glance when their mouth was shut, in order to hear their eye speak. And their eye spake unto me.

But wherever I found living things, there also I heard the speech of obedience. All living things are things that obey.

And this is the second : he is commanded who cannot obey his own self. This is the way of living things.

But this is the third I heard: to command is more difficult than to obey. And not only that the

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