Friedrich Neitzsche - Various Quotations

The Birth of Tragedy: ‘The metaphysical comfort - with which, I am suggesting even now, every true tragedy leaves us - that life is at the bottom of things, despite all the changes of appearances, indestructibly powerful and pleasurable - this comfort appears in incarnate clarity in the chorus of the satyrs, a chorus of natural beings who live ineradicably, as it were, behind all civilisation and remain eternally the same, despite the changes of generations and of history of nations. (The Birth of Tragedy, ed. [trans.] Walter Kaufmann, NY: Vintage Books 1967, p.59; quoted in Klaus Reichart, 'The European Background of Joyce’s Writing’, in Derek Attridge, ed., The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce, Cambridge UP 1990, p.71.)






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