Hermann Hesse

(Hermann Karl Hesse)

Quotes
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The bourgeois treasures nothing more highly than the self. Miscellaneous
To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. History ;Religion & God
We are ourselves history and share the responsibility for world history and our position in it. But we gravely lack awareness of this responsibility. History
You treat world history as a mathematician does mathematics, in which nothing but laws and formulae exist, no reality, no good and evil, no time, no yesterday, no tomorrow, nothing but an eternal, shallow, mathematical present. History
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.
Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.
Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.
Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud. Communication & Communications
Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object. Happiness & Unhappiness
I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value. Inspiration
If a man has nothing to eat, fasting is the most intelligent thing he can do.
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.
In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.
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. Relationships
It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard.
Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind things, they were in them, in all of them.
One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time. Time
Only the ideas that we really live have any value.
Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Perhaps people like us cannot love. Ordinary people can - that is their secret. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Solitude is independence.
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Whoever will be born must destroy a world.
The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire.
The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Death
The truth is lived, not taught. Truth
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Life
Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader.
To be able to throw one's self away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman's smile - that is happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
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. Nature
What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much, that as a result of your seeking you cannot find.
When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
Within us there is someone who knows everything, wills everything, does everything better than we ourselves.
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. History
Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.
You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves.