Hermann Hesse

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  • I live in my dreams — that's what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That's the difference.
  • What constitutes a real, live human being is more of a mystery than ever these days, and men each one of whom is a valuable, unique experiment on the part of nature are shot down wholesale.
  • There's no reality except the one contained within us. That's why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.
  • As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.
  • It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.
  • The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire.
  • To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.
  • In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.
  • There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge - that is everywhere
  • If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
  • People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
  • Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
  • Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.
  • When you like someone, you like them in spite of their faults. When you love someone, you love them with their faults.
  • We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.
  • If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
  • Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.
  • Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
  • Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
  • Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.
  • When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.
  • We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other's opposite and complement.

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Hermann Karl Hesse was born in Calw near Stuttgart on 2 July 1877, and died on 9 August 1962. He was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He read buddhist and hindu litereature from early life, and travelled to Indonesia and Malaya in 1911, but found no inner liberation there, only dirt and colonialism. It is only later that all of this bore fruit, especially in “Siddharta”

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