Quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche

I myself, I, who, so far as it is finished, have composed this tragedy of tragedies entirely singlehandedly—I, who first tied the knot of morality into existence and drew it up so tightly that only a god might loosen it (just as Horace demands!)MI myself have already killed all the gods in the fourth act—out of morality! Now what is to be done about the fifth act! Where will the tragic solution come from?—Do I need to start thinking about a comic solution?
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 496, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Gay Science, first edition, "Third Book," aphorism 153, "Homo poeta," (1882).

The Latin title—meaning "man the poet"—and the allusion to Horace's criticism regarding the deus ex machina in tragic drama point to his Ars Poetica.
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