I teach you beyond-man. Man is a something that shall be surpassed. What have ye done to surpass him?
All beings hither to have created something beyond themselves: and are ye going to be the ebb of this great tide and rather revert to the animal than surpass man?
–Thus Spake Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche (trans. Alexander Tille)
But the little town was fortunate in not having anyone so trained in its midst; only the younger and more clever civil servants and teachers had heard uncertain rumors or read magazine articles about the existence of “modern” man. It was possible to live in this town and give the appearance of being educated without knowing the speeches in Zarathustra.
–Beneath the Wheel, Hermann Hesse