HOLD THE MIRROR UP TO NATURE

Be not as well tame neither, however let your very own discretion be your tutor. Suit the action to the word, the word to the activity, through this one-of-a-kind observance, that you o’erstep not the modesty of nature. For anypoint so overdone is from the function of playing, whose finish, both at the initially and also now, was and is, to hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own function, scorn her own photo, and also the extremely age and also body of the moment his develop and also press. Now this overdone, or come tardy off, though it make the unskillful laugh, cannot however make the wise grieve, the censure of the which one have to in your allowance o’erweigh a entirety theatre of others. O, tright here be players that I have checked out play, and heard others praise, and also that very (not to stop it profanely), that, neither having actually th’ accent of Christians nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor male, have actually so strutted and also bellowed that I have thought some of nature’s journeyguys had actually made men, and also not made them well, they imitated humankind so abominably.


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Friedwealthy Nietzsche


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The Birth of Tragedy,


1872


As we watched the drama, our penetrating gaze gone into the stormy inner civilization of motives—and also yet it appeared to us as if this were only an allegorical image which was passing prior to us, whose a lot of prouncovered definition we practically believed we had actually guessed, and also which we wished to pull back like a curtain, in order to capture sight of the original picture behind. The most radiant clarity of the picture was not enough for us: for this showed up to conceal as much as it revealed; and also while its allegorical revelation seemed to invite the tearing of the veil and the disclosure of the secret background, at the exact same time the total visibility of that radiance organized the eye in its spell and also prevented it from penetrating even more deeply.

To say that in life things really execute turn out so tragically would certainly be the least satisfactory explanation of the appearance of an art create, if art is not merely an imitation of the truth of nature, however fairly a metaphysical supplement to the truth of nature, set alongside it for the objective of overcoming it. The tragic myth, insofar as it belongs to art at all, likewise participates fully in art’s metaphysical intention to transfigure: however what does it transfigure, as soon as it presents the world of sensations in the picture of the suffering hero? Least of all the “reality” of this people of sensations, for it states to us, “Look here! Take a cshed look! This is your life! This is the hour hand on the clock of your existence!”