Hermann Hesse Quotes

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1. “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow. Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail. A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live. When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all. A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one's suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother. So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”

Tags : Eternity Fear Forests History Holiness Home Life Longing Poet Roots Self Discovery Spirituality Strength Trees Trust
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

2. “One never reaches home,' she said. 'But where paths that have an affinity for each other intersect, the whole world looks like home, for a time.”

Tags : Home
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

3. “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.”

Tags : Destiny Fate Fortune Learning Process Meaning Value
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

4. “I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.”

Tags : Inspiration Instinct Knowledge Search Seekers Self Awareness Self Discovery Understanding
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

5. “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.”

Tags : Communication Foolishness Knowledge Sharing Teaching Wisdom
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

6. “You've never lived what you are thinking, and that isn't good. Only the ideas we actually live are of any value.”

Tags : Actions Life Living Thoughts
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

7. “In eternity there is no time, only an instant long enough for a joke.”

Tags : Discordian Discordianism Eternity Humor Joke
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

8. “It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.”

Tags : Admiration Hermann Hesse Love Philosophy Respect World
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

9. “I will no longer mutilate and destroy myself in order to find a secret behind the ruins.”

Tags : Searching Self Destruction Self Mutilation Truth Wisdom
Author : Hermann Hesse

10. “Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.”

Tags : Existence Existentialism Maturity Youth
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Gertrude

11. “La juventud es un engaño -un engaño de la prensa y libros de texto. ¡La mejor época de la vida! […] La juventud es la época más difícil de la existencia.”

Tags : Life Quotes Young Youth Age
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Gertrude

12. “Thus Gotama [Buddha] walked toward the town to gather alms, and the two samanas recognized him solely by the perfection of his repose, by the calmness of his figure, in which there was no trace of seeking, desiring, imitating, or striving, only light and peace”

Tags : Buddha Calmness Desiring Imitiating Light Peace Repose Seeking Striving
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

13. “I realize that some people will not believe that a child of little more than ten years is capable of having such feelings. My story is not intended for them. I am telling it to those who have a better knowledge of man. The adult who has learned to translate a part of his feelings into thoughts notices the absence of these thoughts in a child, and therefore comes to believe that the child lacks these experiences, too. Yet rarely in my life have I felt and suffered as deeply as at that time.”

Tags : Adult Children Demian Feelings Hermann Hesse Thoughts
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

14. “When I have neither pleasure nor pain and have been breathing for a while the lukewarm insipid air of these so called good and tolerable days, I feel so bad in my childish soul that I smash my moldering lyre of thanksgiving in the face of the slumbering god of contentment and would rather feel the very devil burn in me than this warmth of a well-heated room. A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me, a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life. I have a mad impulse to smash something, a warehouse, perhaps, or a cathedral, or myself, to commit outrages, to pull off the wigs of a few revered idols...”

Tags : Boredom Emotion Passion
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

15. “At the first kiss I felt something melt inside me that hurt in an exquisite way. All my longings, all my dreams and sweet anguish, All the secrets that slept deep within me came awake, Everything was transformed and enchanted, everything made sense.”

Tags : First Kiss Kiss Kissing Longing Sense
Author : Hermann Hesse

16. “I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.”

Tags : Depression Despair Grace Suicide
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

17. “Obedient to no man, dependent only on weather and season, without a goal before them or a roof above them, owning nothing, open to every whim of fate, the homeless wanderers lead their childlike, brave, shabby existence. They are the sons of Adam, who was driven out of Paradise; the brothers of the animals, of innocence. Out of heaven's hand they accept what is given them from moment to moment: sun, rain, fog, snow, warmth, cold, comfort, and hardship; time does not exist for them and neither does history, or ambition, or that bizarre idol called progress and evolution, in which houseowners believe so desperately. A wayfarer may be delicate or crude, artful or awkward, brave or cowardly—he is always a child at heart, living in the first day of creation, before the beginning of the history of the world, his life always guided by a few simple instincts and needs. He may be intelligent or stupid; he may be deeply aware of the fleeting fragility of all living things, of how pettily and fearfully each living creature carries its bit of warm blood through the glaciers of cosmic space, or he may merely follow the commands of his poor stomach with childlike greed—he is always the opponent, the deadly enemy of the established proprietor, who hates him, despises him, or fears him, because he does not wish to be reminded that all existence is transitory, that life is constantly wilting, that merciless icy death fills the cosmos all around.”

Tags : Childishness Death Freedom Innocence Wanderer Wayfarer
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Narcissus and Goldmund

18. “Whether it is good or evil, whether life in itself is pain or pleasure, whether it is uncertain-that it may perhaps be this is not important-but the unity of the world, the coherence of all events, the embracing of the big and the small from the same stream, from the same law of cause, of becoming and dying.”

Tags : Hesse Life Siddhartha Uncertainty Unity
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

19. “It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.”

Tags : Choices Focus Humility Judgement Judgemental Self Tolerance
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

20. “No, a true seeker, one who truly wished to find, could accept no doctrine. But the man who has found what he sought, such a man could approve of every doctrine, each and every one, every path, every goal; nothing separated him any longer from all those thousands of others who lived in the eternal, who breathed the Divine.”

Tags : Finding Yourself Seeker
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

21. “I call that man awake who, with conscious knowledge and understanding, can perceive the deep unreasoning powers in his soul, his whole innermost strength, desire and weakness, and knows how to reckon with himself.”

Tags : Self Knowledge Wisdom
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Narcissus and Goldmund

22. “(...) y todo aquello unido era el río, todas las voces, los fines, los anhelos, los sufrimientos, los placeres; el río era la música de la vida. Y cuando Siddharta escuchaba con atención al río, podía oír esa canción de mil voces; y sino escuchaba el dolor ni la risa, si no ataba su alma a una de aquellas voces y no penetraba su yo en ella ni oía todas las tonalidades, entonces percibía únicamente el total, la unidad. En aquel momento, la canción de mil voces, consistía en una sola palabra: el Om, la perfección.”

Tags : Peace On Earth Perfection Siddartha
Author : Hermann Hesse

23. “The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God's name is Abraxas.”

Tags : Mystical
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

24. “Within Siddhartha there slowly grew and ripened the knowledge of what wisdom really was and the goal of his long seeking. It was nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life. This thought matured in him slowly, and it was reflected in Vasudeva's old childlike face: harmony, knowledge of the eternal perfection of the world, and unity.”

Tags : Wisdom Quote
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

25. “I am much inclined to live from my rucksack, and let my trousers fray as they like.”

Tags : Wandering
Author : Hermann Hesse

26. “I shall no longer be instructed by the Yoga Veda or the Aharva Veda, or the ascetics, or any other doctrine whatsoever. I shall learn from myself, be a pupil of myself; I shall get to know myself, the mystery of Siddhartha." He looked around as if he were seeing the world for the first time.”

Tags : Enlightenment
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

27. “At one time I had given much thought to why men were so very rarely capable of living for an ideal. Now I saw that many, no, all men were capable of dying for one.”

Tags : Demian Hermann Hesse Ideals War
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

28. “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.”

Tags : Individuality Respect Uniqueness
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Narcissus and Goldmund

29. “Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them.”

Tags : Independent Thought
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian

30. “We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.”

Tags : Loneliness Solitude Spirit
Author : Hermann Hesse

31. “Once he said to her: 'You are like me; you are different from other people. You are Kamala and no one else, and within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat any time and be yourself, just as I can. Few people have that capacity and yet everyone could have it.”

Tags : Happiness Inner Strength Selfhood Siddartha
Author : Hermann Hesse

32. “Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.”

Tags : Writing
Author : Hermann Hesse

33. “Oh, if only it were possible to find understanding,” Joseph exclaimed. “If only there were a dogma to believe in. Everything is contradictory, everything tangential; there are no certainties anywhere. Everything can be interpreted one way and then again interpreted in the opposite sense. The whole of world history can be explained as development and progress and can also be seen as nothing but decadence and meaninglessness. Isn’t there any truth? Is there no real and valid doctrine?”The master had never heard him speak so fervently. He walked on in silence for a little, then said: “There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught. Be prepared for conflicts, Joseph Knecht - I can see that they already have begun.”

Tags : Bead Dogma Game Glass Philosophy Truth
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Glass Bead Game

34. “Searching means having a goal, but finding means being free, being open, having no goal ... because in striving for your goal there are many things you do not see, which are directly in front of your eyes.”

Tags : Journeys Life Truths Meaning
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

35. “Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?" That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”

Tags : River Time Water
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

36. “Each man had only one genuine vocation - to find the way to himself....His task was to discover his own destiny - not an arbitrary one - and to live it out wholly and resolutely within himself. Everything else was only a would-be existence, an attempt at evasion, a flight back to the ideals of the masses, conformity and fear of one's own inwardness.”

Tags : Self Awareness Self Discovery Synchronicity Work
Author : Hermann Hesse

37. “I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself.”

Tags : Existential Existentialism Humble Humility Self Loathing Self Realization
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

38. “So she thoroughly taught him that one cannot take pleasure without giving pleasure, and that every gesture, every caress, every touch, every glance, every last bit of the body has its secret, which brings happiness to the person who knows how to wake it. She taught him that after a celebration of love the lovers should not part without admiring each other, without being conquered or having conquered, so that neither is bleak or glutted or has the bad feeling of being used or misused.”

Tags : Love Making Love Pleasure Respect Sensuality Sex Touch
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

39. “I believe that I am not responsible for the meaningfulness or meaninglessness of life, but that I am responsible for what I do with the life I've got.”

Tags : Life Meaning Of Life
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Verliebt in die verrückte Welt: Betrachtungen, Gedichte, Erzählungen, Briefe

40. “When a tree is polled, it will sprout new shoots nearer its roots. A soul that is ruined in the bud will frequently return to the springtime of its beginnings and its promise-filled childhood, as though it could discover new hopes there and retie the broken threads of life. The shoots grow rapidly and eagerly, but it is only a sham life that will never be a genuine tree.”

Tags : Beneath The Wheel Hermann Hesse Maturity Roots Soul Youth
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Beneath the Wheel

41. “Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.”

Tags : Steppenwolf
Author : Hermann Hesse

42. “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.”

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Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

43. “We know from several statements of Knecht's that he wanted to write the former Master's biography, but official duties left him no time for such a task. He had learned to curb his own wishes. Once he remarked to one of his tutors: "It is a pity that you students aren't fully aware of the luxury and abundance in which you live. But I was exactly the same when I was still a student. We study and work, don't waste much time, and think we may rightly call ourselves industrious–but we are scarcely conscious of all we could do, all that we might make of our freedom. Then we suddenly receive a call from the hierarchy, we are needed, are given a teaching assignment, a mission, a post, and from then on move up to a higher one, and unexpectedly find ourselves caught in a network of duties that tightens the more we try to move inside it. All the tasks are in themselves small, but each one has to be carried out at its proper hour, and the day has far more tasks than hours. That is well; one would not want it to be different. But if we ever think, between classrooms, Archives, secretariat, consulting room, meetings, and official journeys–if we ever think of the freedom we possessed and have lost, the freedom for self-chosen tasks, for unlimited, far-flung studies, we may well feel the greatest yearning for those days, and imagine that if we ever had such freedom again we would fully enjoy its pleasures and potentialities.”

Tags : Attention Duties Freedom Possibilities Time Youth
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Glass Bead Game

44. “Teachers dread nothing so much as unusual characteristics in precocious boys during the initial stages of their adolescence. A certain streak of genius makes an ominous impression on them, for there exists a deep gulf between genius and the teaching profession. Anyone with a touch of genius seems to his teachers a freak from the very first. As far as teachers are concerned, they define young geniuses as those who are bad, disrespectful, smoke at fourteen, fall in love at fifteen, can be found at sixteen hanging out in bars, read forbidden books, write scandalous essays, occasionally stare down a teacher in class, are marked in the attendance book as rebels, and are budding candidates for room-arrest. A schoolmaster will prefer to have a couple of dumbheads in his class than a single genius, and if you regard it objectively, he is of course right. His task is not to produce extravagant intellects but good Latinists, arithmeticians and sober decent folk. The question of who suffers more acutely at the other's hands - the teacher at the boy's, or vice versa - who is more of a tyrant, more of a tormentor, and who profanes parts of the other's soul, student or teacher, is something you cannot examine without remembering your own youth in anger and shame. yet that s not what concerns us here. We have the consolation that among true geniuses the wounds almost always heal. As their personalities develop, they create their art in spite of school. Once dead, and enveloped by the comfortable nimbus of remoteness, they are paraded by the schoolmasters before other generations of students as showpieces and noble examples. Thus teh struggle between rule and spirit repeats itself year after year from school to school. The authorities go to infinite pains to nip the few profound or more valuable intellects in the bud. And time and again the ones who are detested by their teachers are frequently punished, the runaways and those expelled, are the ones who afterwards add to society's treasure. But some - and who knows how many? - waste away quiet obstinacy and finally go under.”

Tags : Beneath The Wheel Education Genius Hermann Hesse Institution School Students Teachers
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Beneath the Wheel

45. “I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I'm beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn't pleasant, it's not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.”

Tags : Growth Individualism
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

46. “Not in his speech, not in his thoughts, I see his greatness, only in his actions, in his life.”

Tags : Action Life Speech Thought
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

47. “Love must not entreat,' she added, 'or demand. Love must have the strength to become certain within itself. Then it ceases merely to be attracted and begins to attract.”

Tags : Attraction Love Strength
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

48. “What we can and should change is ourselves: our impatience, our egoism (including intellectual egoism), our sense of injury, our lack of love and forbearance. I regard every other attempt to change the world, even if it springs from the best intentions, as futile.”

Tags : Change
Author : Hermann Hesse

49. “I feel life trembling within me, in my tongue, on the soles of my feet, in my desire or my suffering, I want my soul to be a wandering thing, able to move back into a hundred forms, I want to dream myself into priests and wanderers, female cooks and murderers, children and animals, and, more than anything else, birds and tress; that is necessary, I want it, I need it so I can go on living, and if sometime I were to lose these possibilities and be caught in so-called reality, then I would rather die.”

Tags : Desire Freedom Life Living Possibility
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Wandering

50. “And some day there will be nothing left of everything that has twisted my life and grieved it and filled me so often with such anguish. Some day, with the last exhaustion, peace will come and the motherly earth will gather me back home. It won't be the end of things, only a way of being born again, a bathing and a slumbering where the old and the withered sink down, where the young and new begin to breathe. Then, with other thoughts, I will walk along streets like these, and listen to streams, and overhear what the sky says in the evening, over and over and over.”

Tags : Cycles Death Rebirth
Author : Hermann Hesse

51. “Gemeinsam aber ist allen Menschen, die des guten Willens sind, dieses: daß unsere Werke uns am Ende beschämen, daß wir immer wieder von vorn beginnen müssen, daß das Opfer immer neu gebracht werden muß.”

Tags : Achievments Creative Writing Creativity German Kreativität Schaffen Schreiben Werk Works Writing
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Narcissus and Goldmund

52. “Voll Blüten steht der Pfirsichbaum nicht jede wächst zur Frucht sie schimmern hell wie Rosenschaum durch Blau und Wolkenflucht. Wie Blüten geh'n Gedanken auf hundert an jedem Tag -- lass' blühen, lass' dem Ding den Lauf frag' nicht nach dem Ertrag! Es muss auch Spiel und Unschuld sein und Blütenüberfluss sonst wär' die Welt uns viel zu klein und Leben kein Genuss.”

Tags : Abundance Beauty Blossoms Enjoyment Growth Ideas Innocence Metaphors Peach Tree Poetry Trees
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

53. “I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us.”

Tags : Life Maturity Melancholy Suffering
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Peter Camenzind

54. “...your tranquil yes to the changing over into the formless void of the unlimited.”

Tags : Spirituality The Void Timelessness Transformation
Author : Hermann Hesse

55. “Let me say no more. Words do no justice to the hidden meaning. Everything immediately becomes slightly different when it is expressed in words, a little bit distorted, a little foolish...It is perfectly fine with me that what for one man is precious wisdom for another sounds like foolery.”

Tags : Guidance Spiritual Truth Wisdom
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

56. “No permanence is ours; we are a waveThat flows to fit whatever form it finds”

Tags : Permanence Transience
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Glass Bead Game

57. “...and the vessel was not full, his intellect was not satisfied, his soul was not at peace, his heart was not still.”

Tags : Hesse Intellect Restlessness Siddhartha Soul
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

58. “Auf diesem Platz hat schon mancher gedacht, hier wäre der Ort für ein tüchtiges Stück Leben und Freude, hier müßte etwas Lebendiges, Beglückendes wachsen können, hier müßten reife und gute Menschen ihre freudigen Gedanken denken und schöne und heitere Werke schaffen.”

Tags : Civilisation Growth Life Nature Place Society
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Beneath the Wheel

59. “...I thought, with a certain amount of sorrow, how much enormous talent there must be in the world for nature simply to toss it away so arbitrarily! But nature could not care less what we think about it, and as far as talent is concerned, there is such an excess that our artists will soon become their own audiences, and audiences made up of ordinary people will no longer exist.”

Tags : Art Talent
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

60. “It [enlightenment] has not come to you by means of teaching! And-thus is my thought, oh exalted one,-nobody will obtain salvation by means of teachings! (character of Siddhartha, speaking to the Buddha)”

Tags : Buddha Enlightenment Experience
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

61. “We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.”

Tags : Buddhism
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

62. “I do want more. I am not content with being happy. I was not made for it. It is not my destiny. My destiny is the opposite.”

Tags : Destiny Happiness
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

63. “If a night-moth were to concentrate its will on flying to a star or some equally unattainable object, it wouldn't succeed. Only, it wouldn't even try in the first place. A moth confines its search to what has sense and value for it, what it needs, what is indispensable to its life... if I imagined that I wanted under all circumstances to get to the North Pole, then to achieve it I would have to desire it strongly enough that my whole being was ruled by it. But if I were to decide to will that the pastor should stop wearing his glasses, it would be useless. That would be making a game of it.”

Tags : Magic Magick
Author : Hermann Hesse

64. “I have always thirsted for knowledge, I have always been full of questions.”

Tags : Hesse Knowledge Question Siddhartha
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

65. “To deal with history [life] means to abandon one's self to chaos but to retain a belief in the ordination and the meaning. It is a very serious task.”

Tags : Chaos History Life Meaning
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Glass Bead Game

66. “Dreams and restless thoughts came flowing to him from the river, from the twinkling stars at night, from the sun's melting rays. Dreams and a restlessness of the soul came to him.”

Tags : Dreams Hesse Restlessness Siddhartha Soul
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

67. “When I have neither pleasure nor pain and have been breathing for a while the lukewarm insipid air of these so called good and tolerable days, I feel so bad in my childish soul that I smash my moldering lyre of thanksgiving in the face of the slumbering god of contentment and would rather feel tle very devil burn in me than this warmth of a well-heated room. A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me, a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life. I have a mad impulse to smash something, a warehouse, perhaps, or a cathedral, or myself, to commit outrages, to pull off the wigs of a few revered idols, to provide a few rebellious schoolboys with the longed-for ticket to Hamburg, or to stand one or two representatives of the established order on their heads. For what I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity.”

Tags : Anti Establishment Middle Class Rebellion
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

68. “When someone is seeking,” said Siddartha, “It happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal. You, O worthy one, are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose.”

Tags : Life Living Openness
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

69. “I called the world of phenomena an illusion, I called my eyes and my tongue and accident, valueless phenomena. No, that is all over; I have awakened, I have really awakened and have just been born today.”

Tags : Awakening Inspiration
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

70. “What is meditation?... It is fleeing from the self, it is a short escape of the agony of being a self, it is a short numbing of the senses against the pain and the pointlessness of life. The same escape, the same short numbing is what the driver of an ox-cart finds in the inn, drinking a few bowls of rice wine or fermented coconut-milk.”

Tags : Avoidance
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

71. “So you find yourself surrounded by death and horror in the world, and you escape it into lust. But lust has no duration; it leaves you again in the desert.”

Tags : Opposites
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Narcissus and Goldmund

72. “If only there were a dogma to believe in. Everything is contradictory, everything is tangential; there are no certainties anywhere. Everything can be interpreted one way and then again interpreted in the opposite sense. The whole of world history can be explained as development and progress and can also be seen as nothing but decadence and meaninglessness. Isn't there any truth? Is there no real and valid doctrine?" Joseph Knect said to his Music Master "there is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend rather, you should long for perfection in yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived not taught”

Tags : Dogma Religion Truth
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Glass Bead Game

73. “Somente as idéias que vivemos é que têm valor.”

Tags : Ideias Valor Vida
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

74. “Alas, Siddhartha, I see you suffering, but you're suffering a pain at which one would like to laugh, at which you'll soon laugh for yourself.”

Tags : Philosophy Of Life
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

75. “That is just what life is when it is beautiful and happy - a game! Naturally, one can also do all kinds of other things with it, make a duty of it, or a battleground, or a prison, but that does not make it any prettier...”

Tags : Battleground Beauty Game Life Nature Pretty Prison
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Journey to the East

76. “At the end of that class Demian said to me thoughtfully: "There’s something I don’t like about this story, Sinclair. Why don’t you read it once more and give it the acid test? There’s something about it that doesn’t taste right. I mean the business with the two thieves. The three crosses standing next to each other on the hill are almost impressive, to be sure. But now comes this sentimental little treatise about the good thief. At first he was a thorough scoundrel, had committed all those awful things and God knows what else, and now he dissolves in tears and celebrates such a tearful feast of self-improvement and remorse! What’s the sense of repenting if you’re two steps from the grave? I ask you. Once again, it’s nothing but a priest’s fairy tale, saccharine and dishonest, touched up with sentimentality and given a high edifying background. If you had to pick a friend from between the two thieves or decide which one you’d rather trust, you most certainly wouldn’t choose the sniveling convert. No, the other fellow, he’s a man of character. He doesn’t give a hoot for ‘conversion’, which to a man in his position can’t be anything but a pretty speech. He follows his destiny to it’s appointed end and does not turn coward and forswear the devil, who has aided and abetted him until then. He has character, and people with character tend to receive the short end of the stick in biblical stories. Perhaps he’s even a descendant of Cain. Don’t you agree?"I was dismayed. Until now I had felt completely at home in the story of the Crucifixion. Now I saw for the first time with how little individuality, with how little power of imagination I had listened to it and read it. Still, Demian’s new concept seemed vaguely sinister and threatened to topple beliefs on whose continued existence I felt I simply had to insist. No, one could not make light of everything, especially not of the most Sacred matters.As usual he noticed my resistance even before I had said anything."I know," he said in a resigned tone of voice, "it’s the same old story: don’t take these stories seriously! But I have to tell you something: this is one of the very places that reveals the poverty of this religion most distinctly. The point is that this God of both Old and New Testaments is certainly an extraordinary figure but not what he purports to represent. He is all that is good, noble, fatherly, beautiful, elevated, sentimental—true! But the world consists of something else besides. And what is left over is ascribed to the devil, this entire slice of world, this entire half is hushed up. In exactly the same way they praise God as the father of all life but simply refuse to say a word about our sexual life on which it’s all based, describing it whenever possible as sinful, the work of the devil. I have no objection to worshiping this God Jehovah, far from it. But I mean we ought to consider everything sacred, the entire world, not merely this artificially separated half! Thus alongside the divine service we should also have a service for the devil. I feel that would be right. Otherwise you must create for yourself a God that contains the devil too and in front of which you needn’t close your eyes when the most natural things in the world take place.”

Tags : Cain Crucifixion
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

77. “Statt seine Persönlichkeit zu vernichten, war es nur gelungen, ihn sich selbst hassen zu lehren.”

Tags : Education Jesuits Self Hatred
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

78. “Were not the gods forms created like me and you, mortal, transient?”

Tags : Gods Hesse Human Mortal Siddhartha
Author : Hermann Hesse

79. “When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.”

Tags : Insanity Sanity
Author : Hermann Hesse

80. “His way had therefore come full circle, or rather had taken the form of an ellipse or a spiral, following as ever no straight unbroken line, for the rectilinear belongs only to Geometry and not to Nature and Life.”

Tags : Geometry Life Lines Nature
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Glass Bead Game

81. “Love of God," he said slowly, searching for words, "is not alwaysthe same as love of good, I wish it were that simple. We know whatis good, it is written in the Commandments. But God is notcontained only in the Commandments, you know; they are only aninfinitesimal part of Him. A man may abide by the Commandmentsand be far from God.”

Tags : God Good Infinitesimal Love Narcissus Ten Commandments
Author : Hermann Hesse

82. “O how incomprehensible everything was, and actually sad, although it was also beautiful. One knew nothing. One lived and ran about the earth and rode through forests, and certain things looked so challenging and promising and nostalgic: a star in the evening, a blue harebell, a reed-green pond, the eye of a person or a cow. And sometimes it seemed that something never seen yet long desired was about to happen, that a veil would drop from it all, but then it passed, nothing happened, the riddle remained unsolved, the secret spell unbroken, and in the end one grew old and looked cunning . . . or wise . . . and still one knew nothing perhaps, was still waiting and listening.”

Tags : Knowledge Literature Philosophy Understanding
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Narcissus and Goldmund

83. “Faith is stronger than so-called reason.”

Tags : Faith H H Rationality Reason
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Journey to the East

84. “Wenn wir einen Menschen hassen, so hassen wir in seinem Bild etwas, was in uns selber sitzt. Was nicht in uns selber ist, das regt uns nicht auf.”

Tags : Hass Philosophie
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

85. “Natures of your kind, with strong, delicate senses, the soul-oriented, the dreamers, poets, lovers are always superior to us creatures of the mind. You take your being from your mothers. You live fully; you were endowed with the strength of love, the ability to feel. Whereas we creatures of reason, we don't live fully; we live in an arid land, even though we often seem to guide and rule you. Yours is the plentitude of life, the sap of the fruit, the garden of passion, the beautiful landscape of art. Your home is the earth; ours is the world of ideas. You are in danger of drowning in the world of the senses; ours is the danger of suffocating in an airless void. You are an artist; I am a thinker. You sleep at your mother's breast; I wake in the desert. For me the sun shines; for you the moon and the stars. ”

Tags : Dreamers Versus Reasoners Human Nature Romantics Versus Realists
Author : Hermann Hesse

86. “It is wrong to say that schoolmasters lack heart and are dried-up, soulless pedants! No, by no means. When a child's talent which he has sought to kindle suddenly bursts forth, when the boy puts aside his wooden sword, slingshot, bow-and-arrow and other childish games, when he begins to forge ahead, when the seriousness of the work begins to transform the rough-neck into a delicate, serious and an almost ascetic creature, when his face takes on an intelligent, deeper and more purposeful expression - then a teacher's heart laughs with happiness and pride. It is his duty and responsibility to control the raw energies and desires of his charges and replace them with calmer, more moderate ideals. What would many happy citizens and trustworthy officials have become but unruly, stormy innovators and dreamers of useless dreams, if not for the effort of their schools? In young beings there is something wild, ungovernable, uncultured which first has to be tamed. It is like a dangerous flame that has to be controlled or it will destroy. Natural man is unpredictable, opaque, dangerous, like a torrent cascading out of uncharted mountains. At the start, his soul is a jungle without paths or order. And, like a jungle, it must first be cleared and its growth thwarted. Thus it is the school's task to subdue and control man with force and make him a useful member of society, to kindle those qualities in him whose development will bring him to triumphant completion.”

Tags : Beneath The Wheel Church Hermann Hesse Human Nature School Society Tame
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Beneath the Wheel

87. “For there is not a single human being, not even the primitive Negro, not even the idiot, who is so conveniently simple that his being can be explained as the sum of two or three principal elements; and to explain so complex a man as Harry by the artless division into wolf and man is a hopelessly childish attempt. Harry consists of a hundred or a thousand selves, not of two. His life oscillates, as everyone's does, not merely between two poles, such as the body and the spirit, the saint and the sinner, but between thousand and thousands.”

Tags : Human Nature Philosophy Soul Spirituality Truth
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

88. “All being, it seemed, was built on opposites, on division. Man or woman, vagabond or citizen, lover or thinker — no breath could both be in and out, none could be man and wife, free and yet orderly, knowing the urge of life and the joy of intellect. Always the one paid for the other, though each was equally precious and essential.”

Tags : Duality Intellect Yin And Yang
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Narcissus and Goldmund

89. “The world had been divided into two parts that sought to annihilate each other because they both desired the same thing, namely the liberation of the oppressed, the elimination of violence, and the establishment of permanent peace.”

Tags : Conflict Dark Humor Humanity Irony Peace War
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

90. “Io lupo della steppa trotto solosolo, nel mondo ormai di neve bianco...[...] e con amor, con affezion sincera,delle tenere carni farei strazio,finché di sangue veramente sazioa urlare andrei dentro la notte nera.”

Tags : Hermann Hesse Running Wild Steppenwolf Wolves
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

91. “They had been talking about astrology, a forbidden science that was not pursued in the cloister. Narcissus had said that astrology was an attempt to arrange and order the many different types of human beings according to their natures and destinies. At this point Goldmund had objected: "You're forever talking of differences - I've finally recognised a pet theory of yours. When you speak of the great difference that is supposed to exist between you and me, for instance, it seems to me that this difference is nothing but your strange determination to establish differences."Narcissus: "Yes. You've hit the nail on the head. That's it: to you, differences are quite unimportant; to me, they are what matters most. I am a scholar by nature; science is my vocation. And science is, to quote your words, nothing but the 'determination to establish differences.' Its essence couldn't be defined more accurately. For us, the men of science, nothing is as important as the establishment of differences; science is the art of differentiation. Discovering in every man that which distinguishes him from others is to know him.”

Tags : Categorization Difference Individuality Science
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Narcissus and Goldmund

92. “The “music of decline” had sounded, as in that wonderful Chinese fable; like a thrumming bass on the organ its reverberations faded slowly out over decades; its throbbing could be heard in the corruption of the schools, periodicals, and universities, in melancholia and insanity among those artists and critics who could still be taken seriously; it raged as untrammeled and amateurish overproduction in all the arts.”

Tags : Culture Music
Author : Hermann Hesse

93. “At that moment, when the world around him melted away, when he stood alone like a star in the heavens, he was overwhelmed by a feeling of icy despair, but he was more firmly himself than ever. That was the last shudder of his awakening, the last pains of birth. Immediately he moved on again and began to walk quickly and impatiently, no longer homewards, no longer to his father, no longer looking backwards.”

Tags : Family Metamorphosis Self Knowledge
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

94. “There was only greed for living and dread, and out of dread, out of stupid childish dread of the cold, of loneliness, of death, two people fled to one another, kissed, embraced, rubbed cheek to cheek, put leg to leg, cast new human beings into the world. That was how it was.”

Tags : Dread Klein And Wagner Love Procreation
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Klingsors letzter Sommer

95. “The river is everywhere.”

Tags : Flow Life Omnipresence River
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

96. “...the Master and the boy followed each other as if drawn along the wires of some mechanism, until soon it could no longer be discerned which was coming and which going, which following and which leading, the old or the young man. Now it seemed to be the young man who showed honour and obedience to the old man, to authority and dignity; now again it was apparently the old man who was required to follow, serve, worship the figure of youth, of beginning, of mirth. And as he watched this at once senseless and significant dream circle, the dreamer felt alternately identical with the old man and the boy, now revering and now revered, now leading, now obeying; and in the course of these pendulum shifts there came a moment in which he was both, was simultaneously Master and small pupil; or rather he stood above both, was the instigator, conceiver, operator, and onlooker of the cycle, this futile spinning race between age and youth.”

Tags : Age Cyclicality Stages Of Life The Transcendental Subject Transcendence Youth
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Glass Bead Game

97. “There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught.”

Tags : Perfect Perfection Perfectionism Perfectionist Truth
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Glass Bead Game

98. “Not everyone is allotted the chance to become a personality; most remain types, and never experience the rigor of becoming an individual. But those who do so inevitably discover that these struggles bring them into conflict with the normal life of average people and the traditional values and bourgeois conventions that they uphold. A personality is the product of a clash between two opposing forces: the urge to create a life of one's own and the insistence by the world around us that we conform. Nobody can develop a personality unless he undergoes revolutionary experiences. The extent of those experiences differs, of course, from person to person, as does the capacity to lead a life that is truly personal and unique.”

Tags : Growth Personality
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Soul of the Age: Selected Letters, 1891-1962

99. “Among the many worlds which man did not receive as a gift of nature, but which he created with his own mind, the world of books is the greatest. Every child, scrawling his first letters on his slate and attempting to read for the first time, in so doing, enters an artificial and complicated world; to know the laws and rules of this world completely and to practice them perfectly, no single human life is long enough. Without words, without writing, and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. And if anyone wants to try to enclose in a small space in a single house or single room, the history of the human spirit and to make it his own, he can only do this in the form of a collection of books.”

Tags : Books History Literature Reading Words
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : My Belief

100. “There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.”

Tags : Reality
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

101. “Each of us has to find out for himself what is permitted and what is forbidden.. forbidden for him. It's possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard. And vice versa.”

Tags : Reality
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

102. “Y lo que, por el contrario, me sucede a mí en las raras horas de placer, lo que para mí es delicia, suceso, elevación y éxtasis, eso no lo conoce, ni lo ama, ni lo busca el mundo más que si acaso en las novelas; en la vida, lo considera una locura. Y en efecto, si el mundo tiene razón, si esta música de los cafés, estas diversiones en masa, estos hombres americanos contentos con tan poco tienen razón, entonces soy yo el que no la tiene, entonces es verdad que estoy loco, entonces soy efectivamente el lobo estepario que tantas veces me he llamado, la bestia descarriada en un mundo que le es extraño e incomprensible, que ya no encuentra ni su hogar, ni su ambiente, ni su alimento.”

Tags : Capitalism Existencialismo Existentialism Hesse Life Lobo Lobo Estepario Modern Life Vida Moderna
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

103. “...and as far as talent is concerned, there will be such an excess that our artists will become their own audiences, and audiences made up of ordinary people will no longer exist.”

Tags : Artists
Author : Hermann Hesse

104. “What should I possibly have to tell you, oh venerable one? Perhaps that you're searching far too much? That in all that searching, you don't find the time for finding?”

Tags : Finding Searching
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

105. “E mi parlò di un giovane che era innamorato di una stella. In riva al mare tendeva le braccia e adorava la stella, la sognava e le rivolgeva i suoi pensieri. Ma sapeva o credeva di sapere che le stelle non possono essere abbracciate dall’uomo. Considerava suo destino amare senza speranze un astro, e su questo pensiero costruì tutto un poema di rinunce e di mute sofferenze che dovevano purificarlo e renderlo migliore. Tutti i suoi sogni però erano rivolti alla stella. Una volta, trovandosi di nuovo su un alto scoglio in riva al mare notturno, stava a guardare la stella ardendo d’amore. E nel momento di maggior desiderio fece un balzo e si buttò nel vuoto per andare incontro alla stella. Ma nel momento stesso del balzo un pensiero gli attraversò la mente: no, è impossibile! Così cadde sull’arena e rimase sfacellato. Non sapeva amare. Se nel momento del balzo avesse avuto l’energia di credere fermamente nel buon esito, sarebbe volato in alto a congiungersi con la stella.”

Tags : Narrativa
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian / Siddartha

106. “Diese Grausamkeiten sind in Wirklichkeit keine. Ein Mensch des Mittelalters würde den ganzen Stil unseres heutigen Lebens noch ganz anders als grausam, entsetzlich und barbarisch verabscheuen! Jede Zeit, jede Kultur, jede Sitte und Tradition hat ihren Stil hat ihre ihr zukommenden Zartheiten und Härten, Schönheiten und Grausamkeiten, hält gewisse Leiden für selbstverständlich, nimmt gewisse Übel geduldig hin. Zum wirklichen Leiden, zur Hölle wir das menschliche Leben nur da, wo zwei Kulturen und Religionen einander überschneiden. […] Es gibt nun Zeiten, wo eine ganze Generation so zwischen zwei Zeiten, zwischen zwei Lebensstile hineingerät, dass ihre jede Selbstverständlichkeit, jede Sitte, jede Geborgenheit und Unschuld verloren geht.”

Tags : Cruelties
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

107. “There was once a man, Harry, called the Steppenwolf. He went on two legs, wore clothes, and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal of all that people of a good intelligence can, and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes. Clever men might argue the point whether he truly was a wolf, whether, that is, he had been changed, before birth perhaps, from a wolf into a human being, or had been given the soul of a wolf, though born as a human being; or whether, on the other hand, this belief that he was a wolf was no more than a fancy or a disease of his.”

Tags : Awesomesauce Steppenwolf
Author : Hermann Hesse

108. “Nada fue, ni será; todo es, todo tiene esencia y presente.”

Tags : Filosofía Presente Siddharta
Author : Hermann Hesse

109. “Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else.”

Tags : Foolery Wisdom
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

110. “Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else.― Hermann Hesse”

Tags : Foolery Wisdom
Author : Hermann Hesse

111. “Novelists when they write novels tend to take an almost godlike attitude toward their subject, pretending to a total comprehension of the story, a man's life, which they can therefore recount as God Himself might, nothing standing between them and the naked truth, the entire story meaningful in every detail. I am as little able to do this as the novelist is, even though my story is more important to me than any novelist's is to him - for this is my story; it is the story of a man, not of an invented, or possible, or idealized, or otherwise absent figure, but of a unique being of flesh and blood, Yet, what a real living human being is made of seems to be less understood today than at any time before, and men - each one of whom represents a unique and valuable experiment on the part of nature - are therefore shot wholesale nowadays. If we were not something more than unique human beings, if each one of us could really be done away with once and for all by a single bullet, storytelling would lose all purpose. But 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. That is why every man's story is important, eternal, sacred; that is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous, and worthy of every consideration. In each individual the spirit has become flesh, in each man the creation suffers, within each one a redeemer is nailed to the cross.”

Tags : Demian Hermann Hesse Human Beings Novel Religion Story
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

112. “Mirtis kvepėjo lietaus lašais pakelės lapuose.”

Tags : Death Lithuanian
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Klingsors letzter Sommer

113. “Perfect music has its cause. It arises from equilibrium. Equilibrium arises from righteousness, and righteousness arises from the meaning of the cosmos. Therefore one can speak about music only with a man who has perceived the meaning of the cosmos.”

Tags : Cosmos Equilibrium Music
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Glass Bead Game

114. “All the books of the world full of thoughts and poems are nothing in comparison to a minute of sobbing, when feeling surges in waves, the soul feels itself profoundly and finds itself. Tears are the melting ice of snow. All angels are close to the crying person.”

Tags : Crying
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

115. “In my brain were stored a thousand pictures.”

Tags : Ideas Life Of The Mind Thoughts
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

116. “He lost his Self a thousand times and for days on end he dwelt in non-being. But although the paths took him away from Self, in the end they always led back to it. Although Siddhartha fled from the Self a thousand times, dwelt in nothing, dwelt in animal and stone, the return was inevitable; the hour was inevitable when he would again find himself in sunshine or in moonlight, in shadow or in rain, and was again Self and Siddhartha, again felt the torment of the onerous life cycle.”

Tags : Loss Personhood
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha: An Indian Tale

117. “Most people...are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.”

Tags : Hermann Hesse Siddhartha
Author : Hermann Hesse

118. “We who bore the mark might well be considered by the rest of the world as strange, even as insane and dangerous. We had awoken, or were awakening, and we were striving for an ever perfect state of wakefulness, whereas the ambition and quest for happiness of the others consisted of linking their opinions, ideals, and duties, their life and happiness, ever more closely with those of the herd. They, too, strove; they, too showed signs of strength and greatness. But as we saw it, whereas we marked men represented Nature's determination to create something new, individual, and forward-looking, the others lived in the determination to stay the same. For them mankind--which they loved as much as we did--was a fully formed entity that had to be preserved and protected. For us mankind was a distant future toward which we were all journeying, whose aspect no one knew, whose laws weren't written down anywhere.”

Tags : Demian Hermann Hesse Humanity
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

119. “An enlightened man had but one duty - to seek the way to himself, to reach inner certainty, to grope his way forward, no matter where it led.”

Tags : Demian Duty Enlightenment Hermann Hesse
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

120. “For the first time in my life I tasted death, and death tasted bitter, for death is birth, is fear and dread of some terrible renewal.”

Tags : Birth Death Demian Hermann Hesse
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

121. “Sinclair, your love is attracted to me. Once it begins to attract me, i will come. I will not make a gift of myself, I must be won.”

Tags : Demian Hermann Hesse
Author : Hermann Hesse

122. “...and gradually his face assumed the expressions which are so often found among rich people - the expressions of discontent, of sickliness, of displeasure, of idleness, of lovelessness. Slowly the soul sickness of the rich crept over him.”

Tags : Hermann Hesse
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

123. “And so Gotama wandered into the town to obtain alms, and the two Samanas recognized him only by his complete peacefulness of demeanor, by the stillness of his form, in which there was no seeking, no will, no counterfeit, no effort - only light and peace.”

Tags : Buddhism Hermann Hesse Siddhartha
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

124. “Merchant: 'So you have lived on the possessions of others?'Saddhartha: 'Apparently. The merchant also lives on the possession of others.'Merchant: 'Well spoken...”

Tags : Buddhism Hermann Hesse Saddhartha
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

125. “Suchen heißt: ein Ziel haben. Finden aber heißt: frei sein, offen stehen, kein Ziel haben ... Ein Sucher sieht manches nicht, was nah vor seinen Augen steht.”

Tags : Hermann Hesse Siddhartha
Author : Hermann Hesse

126. “Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, who ever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my own smallest special detail. A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my father, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.”

Tags : Hermann Hesse Trees Wandering
Author : Hermann Hesse

127. “Meilę galima iškaulyti, nupirkti, gauti dovanų, atrasti gatvėje, bet jėga jos išplėšti negalima.”

Tags : Hermann Hesse Love Siddhartha
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

128. “Çok uzun bir suskunluk döneminin ardından yüreğimdeki selin ateşli esrikliğine yeniden gömülmüş, duyguların özgür yüceliklerine, acı ve sevincin birbirinden ayrılamadığı, ruhtaki tüm kızgın ateşin ve gücün bir araya gelip tek bir aleve dönüşerek dimdik yükseldiği o noktaya kadar çıkmıştım.”

Tags : Gertrude Hermann Hesse Ruveyda
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Gertrude

129. “Veo que piensas más de lo que puedes expresar. Claro que si es así te darás cuenta también de que nunca has vivido completamente lo que piensas; y eso no es bueno. Sólo el pensamiento vivido tiene valor.”

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Author : Hermann Hesse

130. “Lo que esto significa, un ser vivo, se sabe hoy menos que nunca, y por eso se destruye a montones de seres humanos, cada uno de los cuales es una creación valiosa y única de la naturaleza. Si no fuéramos algo más que seres únicos, sería fácil hacernos desaparecer del mundo con una bala de fusil, y entonces no tendría sentido contar historias. Pero cada hombre no es solamente él; también es el punto único y especial, en todo caso importante y curioso, donde, una vez y nunca más, se cruzan los fenómenos del mundo de una manera singular. Por eso la historia de cada hombre, mientras viva y cumpla la voluntad de la naturaleza, es admirable y digna de toda atención.”

Tags : Demian Emil Sinclair Hermann Hesse
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

131. “Ya sé que muchos no creerán que un niño de casi once años pueda sentir esto. Para ellos no escribo mi historia: se la cuento a los que conocen mejor al ser humano. El hombre adulto, que ha aprendido a convertir una parte de sus sentimientos en pensamientos, echa de menos éstos en el niño y cree que las vivencias tampoco han existido. Pero yo no he sentido nunca en mi vida nada tan profundamente, ni he sufrido nunca tato como entonces.”

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Author : Hermann Hesse

132. “Man svarbu mokėti mylėti pasaulį, neniekinti jo, nejausti neapykantos jam ir sau, žvelgti į jį, į save ir į visas būtybes su meile, susižavėjimu ir didžia pagarba.”

Tags : Hermann Hesse Love Siddhartha
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

133. “Tanışıklığımızın bu akşamında, bütün bir yaşamı bu güzel ve içtenlikli gözlerin bakışı altında gecirmenin insana mutluluk bağışlayan güzel bir şey sayılacağını, o zaman insanın kötü bir eyleme kalkışamayacağını, kötü bir şey düşünemeyeceğini içimden geçirdim. Ve yine o akşamdan sonra birlik ve bütünlüğe, alabildiğine ince bir ahenge yönelik özlemimi dindirebileceğim bir yerin bulunduğunu, bakışlarına ve sesine varlığımdaki her nabız vuruşunun, her nefesin tüm saflık ve içtenliğiyle yanıt vereceği birinin yeryüzünde yaşadığını biliyordum artık.”

Tags : Gertrude Hermann Hesse Ruveyda
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Gertrude

134. “La vida de cada hombre es un camino hacia sí mismo, el intento de un camino, el esbozo de un sendero. Ningún hombre ha llegado a ser él mismo por completo; sin embargo, cada cual aspira a llegar, los unos a ciegas, los otros con más luz, cada cual como puede. Todos llevan consigo, hasta el fin, los restos de su nacimiento, viscosidades y cáscaras de un mundo primario. Unos no llegan nunca a ser hombres; se quedan en rana, lagartija u hormiga. Otros son mitad hombre y mitad pez. Pero todos son una proyección de la naturaleza hacia el hombre. Todos tenemos en común nuestros orígenes, nuestras madres; todos procedemos del mismo abismo; pero cada uno tiende a su propia meta, como un intento y una proyección desde las profundidades. Podemos entendernos los unos a los otros; pero interpretar es algo que sólo puede hacer cada uno consigo mismo.”

Tags : Demian Hermann Hesse
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

135. “Toltosi il berretto, la salutò profondamente come una principessa e se n'andò col cuore oppresso; doveva lasciarla perire. Rimase a lungo turbato, non aveva voglia di parlare con nessuno. Per quanto poco si assomigliassero, quella fiera e povera israelita gli ricordava in certo modo Lidia, la figlia del cavaliere. Amare donne come quelle era fonte di dolore. Ma per qualche tempo gli parve di non aver mai amato altre che queste due, la povera, inquieta Lidia e l'ombrosa, amara israelita.”

Tags : Hermann Hesse Love Love Hurts Love Sad Narcissus And Goldmund
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Narcissus and Goldmund

136. “Pero te voy a decir una cosa: éste es uno de los puntos en los que aparecen con toda claridad los fallos de nuestra religión. El Dios del Antiguo y Nuevo Testamento es, en efecto, una figura extraordinaria; pero no es lo que debe representar. Él es lo bueno, lo noble, lo paternal, lo hermoso, y, también, lo elevado y lo sentimental. ¡De acuerdo! Sin embargo, el mundo se compone de otras cosas; y éstas se adjudican simplemente al diablo, escamoteando y silenciando toda una mitad del mundo. Se venera a Dios como padre de la vida, negando al mismo tiempo la vida sexual, sobre la que se basa la vida misma, declarándola diabólica y pecaminosa. No tengo nada en contra de que se venere al Dios Jehová. ¡En absoluto! Pero opino que deberíamos santificar y venerar al mundo en su totalidad, no sólo a esa mitad oficial, separada artificialmente. Por lo tanto, deberíamos tener un culto al demonio junto al culto divino. Sería lo justo. O si no, habría que crear un dios que integrara en sí al diablo y ante el que no tuviéramos que cerrar los ojos cuando suceden las cosas más naturales de la vida.”

Tags : Demian Dios Hermann Hesse Religión
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

137. “Todas las especies humanas tienen sus caracteres, sus sellos clásicos, cada una tiene sus vicios y sus virtudes, cada una de ellas tiene su pecado mortal”

Tags : Hermann Hesse Life Philosophy Life Quotes Steppenwolf
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

138. “Er liebte nichts als seine Freiheit, sein ewiges Studententum, und zog es vor, lebenslänglich der Leidende, der Unberechenbare und störrische Einzelgänger zu sein, der geniale Narr und Nihilist, statt den Weg der Einordnung in die Hierarchie zu gehen und zum Frieden zu gelangen.”

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Author : Hermann Hesse

139. “They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.”

Tags : Becoming Being Hesse Life Siddhartha Unity Water
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

140. “Despair is the result of each earnest attempt to go through life with virtue, justice and understanding, and to fulfill their requirements. Children live on one side of despair, the awakened on the other side.”

Tags : Awakened Children Despair Enlightenment
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Journey to the East

141. “Each man's life represents a road toward himself, an attempt at such a road, the intimation of a path... But each of us - experiments of the depths - strives toward his own destiny. We can understand one another; but each of us is able to interpret himself to himself alone.”

Tags : Inner Wisdom
Author : Hermann Hesse

142. “Je suis très content de mon bonheur, je puis encore le subir un bon moment. Seulement, quand il me donne une heure de répit pour prendre conscience, pour redevenir nostalgique, alors toute cette nostalgie tend non pas à garder toujours ce bonheur, mais à souffrir encore, en plus grand, en plus beau qu'autrefois. Je me consume du besoin d'une souffrance qui me rende prêt et désireux de mourir.”

Tags : Bonheur Mort Mélancolie Nostalgie
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

143. “She stood before him and surrendered herself to him and sky, forest, and brook all came toward him in new and resplendent colors, belonged to him, and spoke to him in his own language. And instead of merely winning a woman he embraced the entire world and every star in heaven glowed within him and sparkled with joy in his soul. He had loved and had found himself. But most people love to lose themselves.”

Tags : Love Passion
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

144. “Would you actually believe that you had committed your foolish acts in order to spare your son from committing them too? And could you in any way protect your son from Sansara? How could you? By means of teachings, prayer, admonition? My dear, have you entirely forgotten that story, that story containing so many lessons, that story about Siddhartha, a Brahman's son, which you once told me here on this very spot? Who has kept the Samana Siddhartha safe from Sansara, from sin, from greed, from foolishness? Were his father's religious devotion, his teachers warnings, his own knowledge, his own search able to keep him safe? Which father, which teacher had been able to protect him from living his life for himself, from soiling himself with life, from burdening himself with guilt, from drinking the bitter drink for himself, from finding his path for himself? Would you think, my dear, anybody might perhaps be spared from taking this path? That perhaps your little son would be spared, because you love him, because you would like to keep him from suffering and pain and disappointment? But even if you would die ten times for him, you would not be able to take the slightest part of his destiny upon yourself.”

Tags : Agency Life Parenthood
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

145. “After having been standing by the gate of the garden for a long time, Siddhartha realised that his desire was foolish, which had made him go up to this place, that he could not help his son, that he was not allowed to cling him. Deeply, he felt the love for the run-away in his heart, like a wound, and he felt at the same time that this wound had not been given to him in order to turn the knife in it, that it had to become a blossom and had to shine.”

Tags : Agency Love Parenthood
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

146. “A thousand times I was ready to regret and take back my rash statement - yet it had been the truth.”

Tags : Hesse Rash Regret Truth
Author : Hermann Hesse

147. “Within yourself is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself”

Tags : Stillness Of Mind
Author : Hermann Hesse

148. “Now Siddhartha also got some idea of why he had fought this self in vain as a Brahman, as a penitent. Too much knowledge had held him back, too many holy verses, too many sacrificial rules, to much self-castigation, so much doing and striving for that goal! Full of arrogance, he had been, always the smartest, always working the most, always one step ahead of all others, always the knowing and spiritual one, always the priest or wise one. Into being a priest, into this arrogance, into this spirituality, his self had retreated, there it sat firmly and grew, while he thought he would kill it by fasting and penance. Now he saw it and saw that the secret voice had been right, that no teacher would ever have been able to bring about his salvation. Therefore, he had to go out into the world, lose himself to lust and power, to woman and money, had to become a merchant, a dice-gambler, a drinker, and a greedy person, until the priest and Samana in him was dead. Therefore, he had to continue bearing these ugly years, bearing the disgust, the teachings, the pointlessness of a dreary and wasted life up to the end, up to bitter despair, until Siddhartha the lustful, Siddhartha the greedy could also die. He had died, a new Siddhartha had woken up from the sleep. He would also grow old, he would also eventually have to die, mortal was Siddhartha, mortal was every physical form. But today he was young, was a child, the new Siddhartha, and was full of joy.”

Tags : Enlightenment Growth Process ? Nanda
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

149. “Man is an onion made up of a hundred integuments, a texture made up of many threads. The ancient Asiatics knew this well enough, and in the Buddhist Yoga an exact technique was devised for unmasking the illusion of the personality. The human merry-go-round sees many changes: the illusion that cost India the efforts of thousands of years to unmask is the same illusion that the West has labored just as hard to maintain and strengthen.”

Tags : Buddhism East Hesse West
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

150. “When someone is searching, said Siddhartha, then it might easilyhappen that the only thing his eyes still see is that what he searchesfor, that he is unable to find anything, to let anything enter his mind,because he always thinks of nothing but the object of his search,because he has a goal, because he is obsessed by the goal. Searchingmeans: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, havingno goal. You, oh venerable one, are perhaps indeed a searcher, because,striving for your goal, there are many things you don't see, which aredirectly in front of your eyes.”

Tags : Humanity Inspirational Searching And Finding Thoughts
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

151. “There had been a quarrel, she had been hurt, had wept. Now it was over; now she sat still and waited. Life would go on. As with children. As with animals. If only you did not talk, did not make simple things complicated, did not turn your soul inside out.”

Tags : Animals Children Klein And Wagner Life Quarrel Silence
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Klingsors letzter Sommer

152. “und diese war so lebendig und so gesprächig und machte sich aus seiner Gegenwart und aus seiner Schüchternheit so wenig, daß er unbehilflich und ein wenig beleidigt die Fühler einzog und sich verkroch, wie eine vom Wagenrad gestreifte Wegschnecke.”

Tags : Shyness Snails Wheel
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Beneath the Wheel

153. “La seriedad (...) se produce por una hiperestimación del tiempo. (...) En la eternidad, sin embargo, no hay tiempo: la eternidad es solo un instante, lo suficientemente largo para una broma.”

Tags : Broma Eternidad Eternidade Eternity Existencialismo Existentialism Tiempo Time
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

154. “Meravigliosa fu in realtà la mia vita, pensava, meravigliose vie ha seguito. Ragazzo, non ho avuto a che fare se non con dei e sacrifici. Giovane, non ho avuto a che fare se non con ascesi, meditazione e contemplazione, sempre in cerca di Brahma, sempre intento a venerare l'eterno nello Atman. Ma quando fui giovanotto mi riunii ai penitenti, vissi nella foresta, soffersi il caldo e il gelo, appresi a sopportare la fame, appresi a far morire il mio corpo. Meravigliosa mi giunse allora la rivelazione attraverso la dottrina del grande Buddha, e sentii la conoscenza dell'unità del mondo circolare in me come il mio stesso sangue. Ma anche da Buddha e dalla grande conoscenza mi dovetti staccare. Me n'andai, e appresi da Kamala la gioia d'amore, appresi da Kamaswami il commercio, accumulai denaro, dissipai denaro, appresi ad amare il mio stomaco, a lusingare i miei sensi. Molti anni dovetti impiegare per perdere lo spirito, disapprendere il pensiero, dimenticare l'unità. Non è forse come se lentamente e per grandi traviamenti io mi fossi rifatto, d'uomo, bambino, di saggio che ero, un uomo puerile? Eppure è stata buona questa via, e l'usignolo non è ancor morto nel mio petto. Ma che via fu questa! Son dovuto passare attraverso tanta sciocchezza, tanta bruttura, tanto errore, tanto disgusto e delusione e dolore, solo per ridiventare bambino e poter ricominciare da capo. Ma è stato giusto, il mio cuore lo approva, gli occhi miei ne ridono. Ho dovuto provare la disperazione, ho dovuto abbassarmi fino al più stolto di tutti i pensieri, al pensiero del suicidio, per poter rivivere la grazia, per riapprendere l'Om, per poter di nuovo dormire tranquillo e risvegliarmi sereno. Ho dovuto essere un pazzo, per sentire di nuovo l'Atman. Ho dovuto peccare per poter rivivere. Dove può ancora condurmi il mio cammino? Stolto è questo cammino, va strisciando obliquamente, forse va in cerchio. Ma vada come vuole, io son contento di seguirlo.”

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Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

155. “A vida de todo ser humano é um caminho em direção a si mesmo, a tentativa de um caminho, o seguir de um simples rastro. Homem algum chegou a ser completamente ele mesmo; mas todos aspiram a sê-lo, obscuramente alguns, outros mais claramente, cada qual como pode.”

Tags : Autenticidade Autodescoberta Espontaneidade Individuação Self Si Mesmo
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

156. “Hoje sei muito bem que nada na vida repugna tanto ao homem do que seguir pelo caminho que o conduz a si mesmo.”

Tags : Autenticidade Autodescoberta Espontaneidade Individuação Self Si Mesmo
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

157. “Quem quiser nascer tem que destruir um mundo.”

Tags : Autenticidade Autodescoberta Crescimento Destruir Individuação Mudança Nascer Nascimento Transformação
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

158. “Mas cada um de nós é um ser total do mundo, e da mesma forma como o corpo integra toda a trajetória da evolução, remontando ao peixe e mesmo a antes, levamos em nossa alma tudo o quanto desde o princípio está vivendo na alma dos homens.”

Tags : Autenticidade Autodescoberta Espontaneidade Individuação Mundo Self Si Mesmo Vida
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

159. “Para o homem consciente só havia um dever: procurar-se a si mesmo, afirmar-se em si mesmo e seguir sempre adiante o seu próprio caminho, sem se preocupar com o fim a que possa conduzi-lo.”

Tags : Autenticidade Autodescoberta Destino Espontaneidade Individuação Self Si Mesmo
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

160. “O verdadeiro ofício de cada um era apenas chegar até si mesmo.”

Tags : Autenticidade Autodescoberta Espontaneidade Individuação Self Si Mesmo
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

161. “Nos sentimos tentados a creerlos caprichos nuestros, creaciones propias, vemos vacilar y disolverse la frontera entre nosotros y la naturaleza, y adquirimos conciencia de un estado de ánimo en el que no sabemos si las imágenes en nuestra retina provienen de impresiones exteriores o interiores. En ningún otro momento descubrimos con tanta facilidad la medida en que somos creadores, en que nuestra alma participa constantemente en la recreación de la vida. Una misma divinidad invisible actúa en nosotros y en la naturaleza, y si el mundo exterior desapareciera, cualquiera de nosotros sería capaz de reconstruirlo, porque los montes y los ríos, los árboles y las hojas, las raíces y las flores, todo lo creado en la naturaleza, está ya prefigurado en nosotros: proviene del alma, cuya esencia es eterna, y escapa a nuestro conocimiento, pero que se nos hace patente como fuerza amorosa y creadora.”

Tags : Creatividad Vida
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

162. “La vida de todo hombre es un camino hacia sí mismo, la tentativa de un camino, la huella de un sendero. Ningún hombre ha sido por completo él mismo; pero todos aspiran a llegar a serlo, oscuramente unos, más claramente otros, cada uno como puede.”

Tags : Aspiracion Camino Hombre Vida
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

163. “Retki su ljudi koji umeju da slušaju drugoga, nikad nikoga nisam sreo ko bi to umeo kao ti. I tome ću se učiti od tebe.”

Tags : Ljudi Slušanje Znanje
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

164. “Seo je tužan, osećao da u njegovom srcu nešto umire, da je prazan, da pred sobom više nema nikakve radosti, nikakav cilj. Sedeo je utonuvši u misli i čekao. Naučio je na reci jedno: da čeka, da bude strpljiv i da osluškuje.”

Tags : Misao Rijeka Srce Strpljivost Život
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

165. “Kad neko traži, lako se može dogoditi da mu oko vidi samo ono što traži, da nije u stanju bilo šta da nađe, da primi u sebe, jer misli samo na ono za čim traga, imajući svoj cilj opsednut je tim ciljem. Tražiti - znači imati cilj.”

Tags : Cilj Misli Traganje Vid
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

166. “Ono što za jednog čoveka predstavlja blago i mudrost, drugom uvek zvuči kao ludost.”

Tags : Blago Ludost Mudrost
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

167. “Pisac ovih sećanja na putovanje nema sreću da pripada onim ljudima koji su svesni jasnih razloga za sopstvene postupke; on, takođe, nema sreću da povodom sebe ili drugih veruje u takve razloge. Razlozi su, tako mi se čini, uvek nejasni, kauzalnost se ne pronalazi nigde u životu, samo u mišljenju. Savršeno produhovljen čovek, koji je u potpunosti prerastao prirodu, morao bi biti kadar da u svom životu pronalazi stalnu kauzalnost i imao bi pravo da uzroke i podsticaje dostupne njegovoj svesti smatra za jedine, jer on, dabogme, potpuno postoji samo kroz svest. Ipak, takvog čoveka ili takvog jednog Boga nikada nisam sreo, a što se nas ostalih ljudi tiče, dozvoljavam sebi da budem skeptičan prema svim obrazloženjima dela ili događaja. Ne postoje ljudi koji postupaju zbog "razloga", oni to samo umišljaju, a posebno pokušavaju, u interesu taštine i vrline, da ubede druge u to.”

Tags : Germany Hesse Nemačka Putovanje Travel
Author : Hermann Hesse

168. “Ne, nė vienas žmogus ilgai negalėtų pakelti tokio liepsningo gyvenimo. <...> Niekas negalėtų taip ilgai dieną naktį deginti visus savo žiburius, eikvoti visus savo vulkanus, niekas neįstengtų taip ilgai dieną naktį stovėti liepsnose, kasdien daug valandų su įkaitusia galva mąstyti, nuolatos mėgaudamasis, nuolatos kurdamas, nuolatos šviesus, su budriais jausmais ir nervais nelyginant pilis, už kurios langų kasdien skamba muzika, o naktimis tviska tūkstančiai žvakių.”

Tags : Death Life Lithuanian
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Klingsors letzter Sommer

169. “Jis tavim gėrėsis, išmoks tave mintinai.”

Tags : Lithuanian Love
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Klingsors letzter Sommer

170. “... ir jo balsas pasidarė duslus nuo švelnumo.”

Tags : Lithuanian Love
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Klingsors letzter Sommer

171. “Čini mi se da je ljubav od svega najvažnija. Prozreti svet, protumačiti ga i prezreti, to je stvar velikih mislilaca. Ali, meni je jedino stalo do toga da volim svet, da ga ne prezirem, da ne mrzim ni svet ni sebe, da na nj, na sebe i na sva bića mogu da gledam sa ljubavlju i sa divljenjem, i sa strahopoštovanjem.”

Tags : Divljenje Ljubav Mililac Strahopoštovanje Svijet Važnost
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

172. “Son dovuto passare attraverso tanta sciocchezza, tanta bruttura, tanto errore, tanto disgusto e delusione e dolore, solo per ridiventare bambino e poter ricominciare da capo. Ma è stato giusto, il mio cuore lo approva, gli occhi miei ne ridono. Ho dovuto provare la disperazione, ho dovuto abbassarmi fino al più stolto di tutti i pensieri, al pensiero del suicidio, per poter rivivere la grazia, per riapprendere l'Om, per poter di nuovo dormire tranquillo e risvegliarmi sereno. Ho dovuto essere un pazzo, per sentire di nuovo l'Atman. Ho dovuto peccare per poter rivivere. Dove può ancora condurmi il mio cammino? Stolto è questo cammino, va strisciando obliquamente, forse va in cerchio. Ma vada come vuole, io son contento di seguirlo.”

Tags : Cammino Filosofia Inspirational Ispirazione Life Orientale Vita
Author : Hermann Hesse

173. “Könnte ich es sagen und lehren, so wäre ich ein Weiser. So aber bin ich nur ein Fährmann und meine Aufgabe ist es, Menschen über diesen Fluss zu setzen.”

Tags : Gautama Buddha Hesse Siddharta
Author : Hermann Hesse

174. “Disse Siddharta: "Che dovrei mai dirti, io, o venerabile? Forse questo, che tu cerchi troppo? Che tu non pervieni a trovare per il troppo cercare?""Come dunque?" chiese Govinda."Quando qualcuno cerca," rispose Siddharta "allora accade facilmente che il suo occhio perda la capacità di vedere ogni altra cosa, fuori di quella che cerca, e che egli non riesca a trovar nulla, non possa assorbir nulla in sé, perché pensa sempre unicamente a ciò che cerca, perché ha uno scopo, perché è posseduto dal suo scopo. Cercare significa: avere uno scopo. Ma trovare significa: esser libero, restare aperto, non avere scopo. Tu, venerabile, sei forse di fatto uno che cerca, poiché, perseguendo il tuo scopo, non vedi tante cose che ti stanno davanti agli occhi".”

Tags : Siddharta
Author : Hermann Hesse

175. “Kamaswami conducted his business with care and often with passion, but Siddhartha looked upon all of this as if it was a game, the rules of which he tried hard to learn precisely, but the contents of which did not touch his heart.”

Tags : Hermann Hesse Hesse Siddharta
Author : Hermann Hesse

176. “Hiçbir gerçek yoktur ki, karşıtı da gerçek olmasın! Yani şöyle: Bir gerçek ancak tek taraflıysa, dile getirilip sözcüklere dökülebilir. Düşüncelerle düşünülüp sözcüklerle söylenebilen ne varsa tek taraflıdır, hepsi tek taraflı, hepsi yarım, hepsi bütünlükten mükemmellikten ve birlikten yoksun.Ulu Gotama öğrencilerine dünyadan söz açarken, çile ve esenlik diye ikiye ayırdı. Başka türlüsü olanaksızdır, öğretmek isteyen birinin izleyeceği başka yol yoktur. Ancak dünyanın kendisi, gerek çevremizdeki, gerek içimizdeki varlık asla tek taraflı değildir. Asla bir insan ya da bir eylem tümüyle Sansara, tümüyle Nirvana değildir, asla bir insan tümüyle kutsal ya da tümüyle günahkar olamaz. Böyle gibi görünmesi yanılmamızdan, zamana gerçek bir nesne gibi bakmamamızdandır. Zaman gerçek değildir, Govinda, ben sık sık yaşadım bunu. Zaman da gerçek değilse, dünya ile sonsuzluk, acı ile mutluluk, kötü ile iyi arasında var gibi görünen çizgi de bir yanılgıdan başka şey değildir.”

Tags : Hermann Hesse Siddharta
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

177. “Todos los hombres pasan por estas dificultades. Para el hombre medio es éste el punto en que las exigencias de su propia vida entran en colisión dramática con las circunstancias, el punto en que tiene que luchar más duramente por alcanzar el camino que conduce hacia adelante. Muchos viven tal morir y renacer, que es nuestro destino, sólo en ese momento de su vida en que el mundo infantil se resquebraja y se derrumba lentamente, cuando todo lo que amamos nos abandona y, de pronto, sentimos la soledad y la frialdad mortal del universo que nos rodea. Muchos se estrellan para siempre en este escollo y permanecen toda su vida apegados dolorosamente a un pasado irrecuperable, al sueño del paraíso perdido, que es el peor y más nefasto de todos los sueños.”

Tags : Cambio Madurez Vida
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

178. “Mas cada homem não é apenas ele mesmo; é também um ponto único, singularíssimo, sempre importante e peculiar, no qual os fenômenos do mundo se cruzam daquela forma uma só vez e nunca mais. Assim, a história de cada homem é essencial, eterna e divina, e cada homem, ao viver em alguma parte e cumprir os ditames da Natureza, é algo maravilhoso e digno de toda a atenção”

Tags : Homem Self Ser Humano Si Mesmo Singularidade
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

179. “Permanecí largo rato mirándole, y sentí entonces, lejos aún en mi subconsciente, algo muy singular. Vi que el rostro de Demian no solamente era el de un muchacho, sino el de un hombre, pero me pareció ver todavía algo más: era como si en él hubiera también algo de un rostro de una mujer, y además, por un instante, aquel rostro no me pareció ya viril o infantil, maduro o joven, sino, en cierto modo, milenario; en cierto modo, fuera del tiempo, marcado por edades distintas a la que nosotros vivimos. Los animales pueden presentar ese aspecto, o los árboles, o las estrellas. Yo no lo sabía. No sentí exactamente por entonces esto que ahora describo; pero sí algo semejante. Tampoco supe en forma clara si la figura de Demian me atraía o me repelía. Sólo vi que era distinto de nosotros, que era como un animal, o como un espíritu, o como una pintura; pero distinto, extrañamente distinto de todos nosotros.”

Tags : Demian Humanidad Naturaleza Temporalidad
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

180. “Mira, Govinda, ésta es una de las cuestiones que he descubierto: la sabiduría no es comunicable. La sabiduría que un erudito intenta comunicar, siempre suena a simpleza.”

Tags : Communication Inspirational Sabiduría
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

181. “E sempre é bom termos consciência de que dentro de nós há alguém que tudo sabe, tudo quer e age melhor do que nós mesmos”

Tags : Consciência Self
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

182. “No soy un hombre que sabe. He sido un hombre que busca y lo soy aún, pero no busco ya en las estrellas ni en los libros: comienzo a escuchar las enseñanzas que mi sangre murmura en mí.”

Tags : Busqueda Conocimiento
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

183. “No permanence is ours; we are a waveThat flows to fit whatever form it finds:Through day or night, cathedral or caveWe pass forever, craving form that binds.”

Tags : Being Philosophy
Author : Hermann Hesse

184. “I thought of nothing but her. I expected everything from her. I was ready to lay everything at her feet. I was not in the least in love with her. Yet I had only to imagine that she might fail to keep the appointment, or forget it, to see where I stood. Then the world would be a desert once more, one day as dreary and worthless as the last, and the deathly stillness and wretchedness would surround me once more on all sides with no way out from this hell of silence except the razor.”

Tags : Death Wish Fixation Infatuation Love
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

185. “Vasudeva listened with great attention. Listening carefully, he leteverything enter his mind, birthplace and childhood, all that learning,all that searching, all joy, all distress. This was among theferryman's virtues one of the greatest: like only a few, he knew howto listen. Without him having spoken a word, the speaker sensed howVasudeva let his words enter his mind, quiet, open, waiting, how hedid not lose a single one, awaited not a single one with impatience,did not add his praise or rebuke, was just listening. Siddhartha felt,what a happy fortune it is, to confess to such a listener, to burry inhis heart his own life, his own search, his own suffering.”

Tags : Humanity Inspirational Listener Thoughts
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

186. “Uit deze belevenissen, die niemand ziet, bestaat de innerlijke, wezenlijke lijn van ons lot. Zulk een breuk en scheur groeit weer dicht, hij heelt en wordt vergeten, maar in de diepst verborgen hoek leeft en bloedt hij verder.”

Tags : Bleeding Destiny Fate Soul
Author : Hermann Hesse

187. “You show the world as a complete, unbroken chain, an eternal chain, linked together by cause and effect.”

Tags : Chain Hesse Siddhartha World
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

188. “The bourgeois today burns as heretics and hangs as criminals those to whom he erects monuments tomorrow.”

Tags : Bourgeoisie
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Steppenwolf

189. “Ich werde stehen und warten.Ich werde müde werden.Ich werde nicht einschlafen.Ich werde sterben.”

Tags : Death Existence Sleep Waiting
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Siddhartha

190. “I closed my eyes obediently; I felt a light kiss on my lips, on which there was always a little accumulation of blood that wouldn't decrease. And then I fell asleep”

Tags : Blood Kiss Lips
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

191. “Forgive me, father, I am not certain what my own wishes are. I shall always take pleasure in study, how could it be otherwise? But I do not believe that my life will be limited to study. A man's wishes may not always determine his destiny, his mission; perhaps there are other predetermining factors.”

Tags : Narcissus Narcissus And Goldmund
Author : Hermann Hesse

192. “I shall always remember how the peacocks’ tails shimmered when the moon rose amongst the tall trees, and on the shady bank the emerging mermaids gleamed fresh and silvery amongst the rocks…”

Tags : Alchemy Mermaids Peacock Visions
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Journey to the East

193. “I am a star in the firmamentthat observe the world, despises the worldand consumed in its heat.I am the sea by night in a stormthe sea shouting that accumulates new sinsand to the ancient makes recompense.I am exiled from your worldof pride polite, by pride defrauded,I am the king without crown.I am the passion without wordswithout stones of the hearth, without weapons in the war,is my same force that make me sick”

Tags : Exiled Passion Star World
Author : Hermann Hesse

194. “Nothing is harder yet nothing is more necessary, than to speak of certain things whose existence is neither demonstrable nor probable. The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence and to the possibility of being born.Spoken by Albertus Secundus in "Das Glasperlenspiel”

Tags : Creation Creativity And Attitude
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : The Glass Bead Game

195. “Y el artista no es, como el vulgo piensa, una persona jovial que esparce por aquí y por allá obras de arte por mera exuberancia, sino que infortunadamente es por lo general una pobre alma que se sofoca con riquezas excedentes y que por lo tanto tiene que obsequiar algunas de ellas.”

Tags : Artist
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Gertrude

196. “You have to try the impossible to achieve the possible”

Tags : Impossible
Author : Hermann Hesse

197. “Aun cuando mi destino externo se haya desenvuelto como sucede para todos, inevitablemente y según lo decretado por los dioses, mi vida íntima es obra propiamente mía, con sus gozos y amarguras, y soy yo, en lo personal, el responsable de la misma.”

Tags : Attitude Consciousness
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Gertrude

198. “Loneliness is the wa by which destiny endeavors to lead man to himself.”

Tags : Solitutde Truth
Author : Hermann Hesse

199. “Muoth was right. On growing old, one becomes more contented than in one's youth, which I will not therefore revile, for in all my dreams I hear my youth like a wonderful song which now sounds more harmonious than it did in reality, and even sweeter”

Tags : Growing Older Youth
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Gertrude

200. “It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard.”

Tags : Character Legality
Author : Hermann Hesse