Hermann Hesse

1877 - 1962

A Quote by Hermann Hesse on hesse, love, and strength

Love must neither beg nor demand. Love must be strong enough to find certainty within itself. It then ceases to be moved and becomes the mover.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

Source: Reflections, Pages: 175

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse on truth


Gaze into the fire, into the clouds, and as soon as the inner voices begin to speak..surrender to them. Don't ask first whether it's permitted, or would please your teachers or father or some god. You will ruin yourself if you do that.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

Source: Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse on hesse, reading, writing, books, consciousness, and history

"For even the most childish intoxication with progress will soon be forced to recognize that writing and books have a function that is eternal. It will become evident that formulations in words and the handling on of these formulations through writing are not only important aids but actually the only means by which humanity can have a history and continuing consciousness of itself." (Hesse in Reading in Bed, ed. by Steven Gilbar, 1974)

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

Source: Gilbar, Steven: "Reading in Bed"

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse on hesse, youth, age, happy, and sad

Age is a state of mind.
Youth and age exist only among the ordinary people.
All the more talented and exceptional of us;
are sometimes old,
just as we are sometimes happy,
and sometimes sad.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse

The way to innocence, to the uncreated, and to God leads on, not back, not back to the wolf or to the child, but ever further into sin, ever deeper into human life. Nor will suicide really solve your problem, unhappy Steppenwolf. You will instead, embark on the long and wearier and harder road of life. You will have to multiply many times your two-fold being and complicate your complexities still further. Instead of narrowing your world and simplifying your soul, you will have to absorb more and more of the world and at last take all of it up in your painfully expanded soul if you are ever to find peace.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

Source: Steppenwolf

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse on power, salvation, love, and suffering

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 only your aversion to it that hurts, nothing else.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse on chaos, faith, history, meaning, order, seriousness, study, and tragedy

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. It is a very serious task, young man, and possibly a tragic one.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse on laws, learning, life, listening, and truth

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.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

Source: Wandering

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse on art, feeling, life, preparation, secrets, soul, thinking, unity, and wisdom

Wisdom is 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.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse on cleverness, good, patience, thinking, and writing

Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

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