Monday, July 25, 2005

one must learn to love— friedrich nietzsche

someone shared this with me earlier tonight and i found it quite poignant. it's from 'the gay science'.


"This is what happens to us in music: first one has to learn to hear a figure and melody at all, to detect and distinguish it, to isolate it and delimit it as a separate life; then it requires some exertion and good will to tolerate it in spite of its strangeness, to be patient with its appearance and expression, and kindhearted about its oddity:—finally there comes a moment when we are used to it, when we wait for it, when we sense that we should miss it if it were missing: and now it continues to compel and enchant us relentlessly until we have become its humble and enraptured lovers who desire nothing better from the world than it and only it.— But that is what happens to us not only in music: that is how we have learned to love all things that we now love. In the end we are always rewarded for our good will, our patience, fairmindedness, and gentleness with what is strange; gradually, it sheds its veil and turns out to be a new and indescribable beauty:—that is its thanks for our hospitality. Even those who love themselves will have learned it in this way: for there is no other way. Love, too, has to be learned."

3 comments:

  1. Great quote. I wish more people could remain so open to new things for much longer in their lives. Instead, too many of us (I include myself in this to some extent) prefer to be surrounded by the "same old, same old" when it comes to people, ideas, things to do, ways to relax. In the end we prefer the certainty of mediocrity to taking a chance on something new that could be either awesome or a real disaster.

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  2. Dude. That's gay.

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  3. thanks for your enlightenment derek. you may want to watch how you word things though.

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