‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it…’
I suddenly had the thought: You can, after all, take a tripe to Berlin; you have been there once before, and now you can prove to yourself whether a repetition is possible and what importance it has…
The question in each and every thing, ‘Do you want this once more and innumerable times more?’
But he who does not grasp that life is a repetition and that this is the beauty of life has pronounced his own verdict and deserves nothing better than what will happen to him anyway- he will perish.
…how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to ‘crave nothing more fervently’ than this ultime eternal confirmation and seal [that you want things to happen once more and innumerable times more]?
If God himself had not willed repetition, the world would not have come into existence.
—- Nietzsche. The Gay Science.
—- Kierkegaard. Repetition.