One thing, however, is certain: I must keep a tighter hold of it; otherwise it will spoil my reputation."
And once more Zarathustra shook his head and wondered. "What am I to think of it!" said he once more.
"Why did the ghost cry: 'It is time! It is the highest time!'
For what is it then- the highest time?"-
Thus spake Zarathustra.
41. The Soothsayer
"-AND I saw a great sadness come over mankind. The best turned weary of their works.
A doctrine appeared, a faith ran beside it: 'All is empty, all is alike, all hath been!'
And from all hills there re-echoed: 'All is empty, all is alike, all hath been!'
To be sure we have harvested: but why have all our fruits become rotten and brown? What was it fell last night from the evil moon?
In vain was all our labor, poison has our wine become, the evil eye hath singed yellow our fields and hearts.
Arid have we all become; and fire falling upon us, then do we turn dust like ashes:- yea, the fire itself have we made aweary.
All our fountains have dried up, even the sea has receded. All the ground tries to gape, but the depth will not swallow!
'Alas! where is there still a sea in which one could be drowned?' so soundeth our plaint- across shallow swamps.