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I am just requesting source for a line I heard from a friend who alleges that it is from Nietzsche. The line goes like 'he who leaves me is my true follower', and I remember him attributing it to Nietzsche's Zarathustra book. Is the quote (google does not show any result when this line is searched up in verbatim form -- often for quotes not originally written in English) authentic?

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Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None (German: Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen) (1883-91), First part :

"Alone I go now, my disciples! You too must go away, now, and alone. Thus I will it.

[...] Go away from me and guard yourselves against Zarathustra! And better still: be ashamed of him! Perhaps he has deceived you. [...]

Now I bid you lose me and find yourselves; and only when you have all denied me will I return to you."


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