Wagner est une névrose  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Wagner est une névrose" (Wagner is a neurosis) is a dictum by Friedrich Nietzsche, recorded in The Case of Wagner.

Full fragment:

"Wagners Kunst ist krank. Die Probleme, die er auf die Bühne bringt - lauter Hysteriker-Probleme -, das Convulsivische seines Affekts, seine überreizte Sensibilität, sein Geschmack, der nach immer schärferen Würzen verlangte, seine Instabilität, die er zu Prinzipien verkleidete, nicht am wenigsten die Wahl seiner Helden und Heldinnen, diese als physiologische Typen betrachtet (- eine Kranken-Galerie! -): Alles zusammen stellt ein Krankheitsbild dar, das keinen Zweifel lässt. Wagner est une névrose."

English translation:

The problems he sets on the stage are all concerned with hysteria; the convulsiveness of his emotions, his over-excited sensitiveness, his taste which demands ever sharper condimentation, his erraticness which he togged out to look like principles, and, last but not least, his choice of heroes and heroines, considered as physiological types ( — a hospital ward! — ): the whole represents a morbid picture; of this there can be no doubt. Wagner est une nevrose.[1]

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