Hermann Hesse

Swiss writer (born in Germany) whose novels and poems express his interests in eastern spiritual values (1877-1962)

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...each of us has to find out for himself what is permitted and what is forbidden - forbidden for him. It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard. And vice versa. Actually it's only a question of convenience. 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 things are forbidden to them that every honorable man will do any day in the year and other things are allowed to them that are generally despised. Each person must stand on his own feet.Rate it:
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.Rate it:
Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.Rate it:
Every age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and cruelties; it accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evils. Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.Rate it:
Happiness is a how, not a what: a talent, not an objectRate it:
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.Rate it:
If I know what love is, it is because of you.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it.Rate it:
Knowledge can be communicated. Wisdom cannot be communicated.Rate it:
Love is stronger than violence.Rate it:
Love of God is not always the same as love of good.Rate it:
Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.Rate it:
One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.Rate it:
Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.Rate it:
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.Rate it:
The best weapons against the infamies of life are courage, wilfulness and patience. Courage strenthens, wilfulness is fun and patience provides tranquility.Rate it:
The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.Rate it:
The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth.Rate it:
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 them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.Rate it:
There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge -- that is everywhere.Rate it:
To die is to go into the Collective Unconscious, to lose oneself in order to be transformed into form, pure form.Rate it:
When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.Rate it:
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.Rate it:
You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation...and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else.Rate it:

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