it would seem that “marmots” have some association in nietzsche’s mind with cynicism

We ourselves are least likely to dress up in moralistic verbal tinsel …beautiful, glittering, jingling, festive words: honesty, love of truth, love of wisdom, sacrifice for the sake of knowledge, heroism of the truthful … But we hermits and marmots long ago became convinced that this worthy verbal pomp too belongs among the ancient false finery, lumber and gold-dust of unconscious human vanity, and that under such flattering colours and varnish too, the terrible text homo natura must again be discerned…

– Beyond Good & Evil, p 230

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