"We were friends and have been estranged. But this was right . . . . That we have to become estranged is the law above us; by the same token we should also become more venerable for each other - and the memory of our former friendship more sacred. There is probably a tremendous but invisible stellar orbit in which our very different ways and goals may be included as small parts of this path; let us rise up to this thought. But our life is too short and our power of vision too small for us to be more than friends in the sense of this sublime possibility! - Let us then believe in our star friendship even if we should be compelled to be earth enemies." - 'Star Friendship'...Continua
This is philosophy at its most exuberant - it's a celebration, a condemnation- and everything in between.
This carefully constructed collection of aphorisms bracketed by poetry is one of the seminal works of Nietzsche and - love him or hate him, you can't be indifferent to him. His thoughts are always provocative and often insightful (yeah, yeah, except when dealing with women.) But it's a joy to read from cover to cover. (And it puts paid to the popular misconception that Nietzsche was a proto-Nazi.)
A definite must have for any philoso-phile....Continua