Nietzsche, on Failure

Timid, ashamed, awkward, like a tiger whose leap has failed: this is how I have often seen you slink aside, you Higher Men.
A throw you made had failed.
But what of that, you dice-throwers!
You have not learned to play and mock as a man ought to play and mock! Are we not always seated at a great table for play and mockery?
And if great things you attempted have turned out failures, does that mean you yourselves are – failures? And if you yourselves have turned out failures, does that mean – man is a failure? If man has turned out a failure, however: very well! Come on!

F. Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883) p.303

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