This excerpt is from Nietzsche's book, 'Thus Spoke Zrathustra':

I do not want to be confused with these preachers of equality, nor taken for one of them. For justice speaks thus to me: 'Men are not equal.' And they should not become so, either! For what were my love of the Superman if I spoke otherwise?

I don't have any clue what's the meaning of the sentence, 'For justice speaks thus to me'.

The book link here.


Firstly, your are reading Nietzsche. This is not going to be easy.

There a metaphor, but not a special meaning here.

For (meaning "because") justice ("justice" is personified, we treat the concept of justice like a person) speaks thus (in this way) to me.

And then Nietzsche goes on to tell us the way that "justice" speaks to him: "Men are not all equal". etc

There is no very special use of English here, just Nietzsche

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  • Agreed. Nietzsche attributes his own opinion to a personified “Justice” so as to give it false authority. All he is saying is “I disagree”. – Anton Jun 26 at 7:36
  • Yes, but this is not "Philosophy" stack exchange. – James K Jun 26 at 16:17

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