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The plain truth is that the only consistent theme in advertising is the absence of any consistent theme.Prince William Of Hesse-Kassel Hesse Sayings By Prince William Of Hesse-Kassel: The plain truth is that the only consistent theme in advertising is the absence of
To be a bear and love a she-bear, that would not be such a bad life, and would, at least, be a far better one than to keep his reason and his thoughts, with all the rest that made him human, and yet live on alone, unloved, in sadness.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: To be a bear and love a she-bear, that would not be such a bad
How exhausting all this was. In fact, if only people knew how madly tiresome it is to be a criminal ... !Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: How exhausting all this was. In fact, if only people knew how madly tiresome it
They knew everything, the Brahmans and their holy books, they knew everything, they had taken care of everything and of more than everything, the creation of the world, the origin of speech, of food, of inhaling, of exhaling, the arrangement of the senses, the acts of the gods, they knew infinitely much - but was it valuable to know all of this, not knowing that one and only thing, the most important thing, the solely important thing?Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: They knew everything, the Brahmans and their holy books, they knew everything, they had taken
You should never be afraid of people ... such fear can destroy us completely. You've simply got to get rid of it, if you want to turn into someone decent. You understand that, don't you?Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: You should never be afraid of people ... such fear can destroy us completely. You've
Our days are precious but we gladly see them going
If in their place we find a thing more precious growing:
A rare, exotic plant, our gardener's heart delighting;
A child whom we are teaching, a booklet we are writing.
Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Our days are precious but we gladly see them goingIf in their place we find
Siddhartha considered his circumstances. Thinking did not come easily to him. He didn't really feel like it, but he forced himself.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Siddhartha considered his circumstances. Thinking did not come easily to him. He didn't really feel
No person has ever been completely himself, but each one strives to become so, some gropingly, others more lucidly, according to his abilities. Each one carries with him to the end traces of his birth, the slime and eggshells of a primordial world. Many a one never becomes a human being, but remains a frog, lizard, or ant.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: No person has ever been completely himself, but each one strives to become so, some
Siddhartha began to understand that it was not happiness and peace that had come to him with his son but, rather, sorrow and worry. But he loved him and preferred the sorrow and worry of love to the happiness and peace he had known without the boy.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Siddhartha began to understand that it was not happiness and peace that had come to
When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the
But I supposed love doesn't stop, even in wars.Monica Hesse Hesse Sayings By Monica Hesse: But I supposed love doesn't stop, even in wars.
Then Siddhartha had spent the night at his house with dancers and wine, had pretended to be superior to his companions, which he no longer was. He had drunk much wine and later after midnight he went to bed, tired and yet agitated, nearly in tears and in despair. In vain did he try to sleep. His heart was so full of misery, he felt he could no longer endure it. He was full of nausea which overpowered him like a distasteful wine, or music that was too sweet and superficial, or like the too sweet smile of the dancers or the too sweet perfume of their hair and breasts. But above all he was nauseated with himself, with his perfumed hair, with the smell of the wine from his mouth, with the soft, flabby appearance of his skin.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Then Siddhartha had spent the night at his house with dancers and wine, had pretended
I cannot tell my story without reaching a long way back.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: I cannot tell my story without reaching a long way back.
The drunkard does indeed find escape, he does indeed find short respite and rest, but he returns from the illusion and finds everything as it was before. He has not grown wiser, he has not gained knowledge, he has not climbed any higher.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The drunkard does indeed find escape, he does indeed find short respite and rest, but
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.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Within Siddhartha there slowly grew and ripened the knowledge of what wisdom really was and
While one is singing one does not think about whether of not the singing is useful. One simply sings.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: While one is singing one does not think about whether of not the singing is
Don't talk so horribly,' she scolded. 'It is quite natural. I like you too. You, too, have something nice about you that endears you and marks you out. I wouldn't have you different. One oughtn't to talk of these things and want them accounted for. Listen, when you kiss my neck or my ear, I feel that I please you, that you like me. You have a way of kissing as though you were shy, and that tells me: "You please him. He is grateful to you for being pretty." That gives me great, great pleasure. And then again with another man it's just to opposite that pleases me, that he kisses me as though he thought little of me and conferred a favor.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Don't talk so horribly,' she scolded. 'It is quite natural. I like you too. You,
The greatest threat to our world and its peace comes from those who want war, who prepare for it, and who, by holding out vague promises of future peace or by instilling fear of foreign aggression, try to make us accomplices to their plans.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The greatest threat to our world and its peace comes from those who want war,
It is treason to sacrifice love of truth, intellectual honesty, loyalty to the laws and methods of the mind, to any other interests, including those of one's country.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: It is treason to sacrifice love of truth, intellectual honesty, loyalty to the laws and
When a writer receives praise or blame, when he arouses sympathy or is ridiculed, when he is loved or rejected, it is not on the strength of his thoughts and dreams as a whole, but only of that infinitesimal part which has been able to make its way through the narrow channel of language and the equally narrow channel of the reader's understanding.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: When a writer receives praise or blame, when he arouses sympathy or is ridiculed, when
The Wolf trots to and fro,
The world lies deep in snow,
The raven from the birch tree flies,
But nowhere a hare, nowhere a roe,
The roe -she is so dear, so sweet -
If such a thing I might surprise
In my embrace, my teeth would meet,
What else is there beneath the skies?
The lovely creature I would so treasure,
And feast myself deep on her tender thigh,
I would drink of her red blood full measure,
Then howl till the night went by.
Even a hare I would not despise;
Sweet enough its warm flesh in the night.
Is everything to be denied
That could make life a little bright?
The hair on my brush is getting grey.
The sight is failing from my eyes.
Years ago my dear mate died.
And now I trot and dream of a roe.
I trot and dream of a hare.
I hear the wind of midnight howl.
I cool with the snow my burning jowl,
And on to the devil my wretched soul I bear.
Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The Wolf trots to and fro,The world lies deep in snow,The raven from the birch
There are numerous ways in which God can make us lonely and lead us back to ourselves. This is the way He dealt with me at the time. It was like a bad dream.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: There are numerous ways in which God can make us lonely and lead us back
I am much inclined to live from my rucksack, and let my trousers fray as they like.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: I am much inclined to live from my rucksack, and let my trousers fray as
What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much, that as a result of your seeking you cannot find.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you
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.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: There was only greed for living and dread, and out of dread, out of stupid
I don't know whether I love Gina. I doubt it very much. I would not make any sacrifices for her. I do not know whether I can love at all. I can desire and can seek myself in others; I can listen for an echo, demand a mirror, seek pleasure, and all that can look like love.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: I don't know whether I love Gina. I doubt it very much. I would not
And the vessel was not full, his intellect was not satisfied, his soul was not at peace, his heart was not still.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: And the vessel was not full, his intellect was not satisfied, his soul was not
It was still quiet in the house, and not a sound was heard from outside, either. Were it not for this silence, my reverie would probably have been disrupted by reminders of daily duties, of getting up and going to school.Herman Hesse Hesse Sayings By Herman Hesse: It was still quiet in the house, and not a sound was heard from outside,
The river has taught me to listen; you will learn from it, too. The river knows everything; one can learn everything from it. You have already learned from the river that it is good to strive downwards, to sink, to seek the depths.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The river has taught me to listen; you will learn from it, too. The river
All existence seemed to be based on duality, on contrast. Either one was a man or one was a woman, either a wanderer or sedentary burgher, either a thinking person or a feeling person-no one could breathe in at the same time as he breathed out, be a man as well as a woman, experience freedom as well as order, combine instinct and mind. One always had to pay for one with the loss of the other, and one thing was always just as important and desirable as the other.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: All existence seemed to be based on duality, on contrast. Either one was a man
In this atmosphere of wintry desolation and isolation, this slowly, very slowly increasing chill, my hands and lips started to freeze. Had I extinguished the sun? Had I killed the heart of all life?Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: In this atmosphere of wintry desolation and isolation, this slowly, very slowly increasing chill, my
How Heavy the Days ...
How heavy the days are.
There's not a fire that can warm me,
Not a sun to laugh with me,
Everything bare,
Everything cold and merciless,
And even the beloved, clear
Stars look desolately down,
Since I learned in my heart that
Love can die.
Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: How Heavy the Days ... How heavy the days are.There's not a fire that can
A melody occurs to you; you sing it silently, inwardly ... ; you steep your being in it; it takes possession of all your strength and emotions, and during the time it lives in you, it effaces all that is fortuitous, evil, coarse and sad in you; it brings the world into harmony with you, it makes burdens light and gives wings to the benumbed.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: A melody occurs to you; you sing it silently, inwardly ... ; you steep your
I would care that someone understood we were flawed and scarred and doing the best we could in this war. We were wrapped up in things that were so much bigger than ourselves. We didn't know. We didn't mean to. It wasn't our fault.Monica Hesse Hesse Sayings By Monica Hesse: I would care that someone understood we were flawed and scarred and doing the best
The ideas we really live have any value.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The ideas we really live have any value.
All the girls I had ever loved were mine. Each gave me what she alone had to give and to each I gave what she alone knew how to take.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: All the girls I had ever loved were mine. Each gave me what she alone
The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.Herman Hesse Hesse Sayings By Herman Hesse: The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables
I had grown a thin mustache, I was a full-grown man, and yet I was completely helpless and without a goal in life.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: I had grown a thin mustache, I was a full-grown man, and yet I was
Every phenomenon on earth is symbolic, and each symbol is an open gate through which the soul, if it is ready, can enter into the inner part of the world, where you and I and day and night are all one.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Every phenomenon on earth is symbolic, and each symbol is an open gate through which
Suggestions for further reading Karen Armstrong, Jerusalem; Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones; Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha; Deepak Chopra, God: A Story of Revelation; Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet; Lawrence Kushner, Kabbalah: A Love Story; C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity; Krista Tippett, Speaking of Faith; Eckhart Tolle, The Power of NowPaulo Coelho Hesse Sayings By Paulo Coelho: Suggestions for further reading Karen Armstrong, Jerusalem; Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones; Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha; Deepak
A person is never entirely holy or entirely sinful.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: A person is never entirely holy or entirely sinful.
The shadowy side of real life is ignored, and Western Christianity provides us with nothing which can be used to interpret it. Thus the young men of the West are unable to deal with the mixture of light and shadow of which life really consists; they have no way of linking the facts of existence to their preconceived notions of absolutes.Miguel Serrano Hesse Sayings By Miguel Serrano: The shadowy side of real life is ignored, and Western Christianity provides us with nothing
Siddhartha saw it hurrying, the river, which consisted of him and his loved ones and of all people, he had ever seen, all of these waves and waters were hurrying, suffering, towards goals, many goals, the waterfall, the lake, the rapids, the sea, and all goals were reached, and every goal was followed by a new one, and the water turned into vapour and rose to the sky, turned into rain and poured down from the sky, turned into a source, a stream, a river, headed forward once again, flowed on once again.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Siddhartha saw it hurrying, the river, which consisted of him and his loved ones and
For him, behind every feeling and thought was the sense of the open door leading into nothingness. To be sure, he suffered from dread of many things, of madness, the police, insomnia, and also dread of death. But everything he dreaded he likewise desired and longed for at the same time. He was full of burning curiosity about suffering, destruction, persecution, madness and death.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: For him, behind every feeling and thought was the sense of the open door leading
Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind things, they were in them, in all of them.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind things, they were in them, in all
The realization of what wisdom actually was slowly blossomed and ripened in Siddhartha - and he discovered what the goal of his long search was. It was nothing but a readiness of the soul, an ability, a secret art, to think every moment, while living his life, the thought of oneness, to be able to feel and inhale the oneness. Slowly this blossomed in him, was reflected back at him from Vasudeva's old, childlike face: harmony, knowledge of the eternal perfection of the world, unity.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The realization of what wisdom actually was slowly blossomed and ripened in Siddhartha - and
Liberation from ego is what we shramanas are seeking, O Exalted One. If I were your disciple, O Venerable One, I'm afraid it might befall me that my ego would be pacified and liberated only seemingly, only illusorily, that in reality it would survive and grow great, for then I would make the teaching, my discipleship, my love for you, and the community of the monks into my ego!Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Liberation from ego is what we shramanas are seeking, O Exalted One. If I were
747, its extravagant charter fee donated by Shi'a businessmen,B. Hesse Pflingger Hesse Sayings By B. Hesse Pflingger: 747, its extravagant charter fee donated by Shi'a businessmen,
In any case, the life of a drunk is presumably livelier than that of the ordinary well-behaved citizen. And then - I read that once somewhere - the life of a hedonist is the best preparation for becoming a mystic.
People like St. Augustine are always the ones that become visionaries.
Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: In any case, the life of a drunk is presumably livelier than that of the
Troubled, yet also with laughter, he recalled that time. He remembered that at that time he had boasted of three things to Kamala, three noble and invincible arts: fasting, waiting and thinking.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Troubled, yet also with laughter, he recalled that time. He remembered that at that time
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 peaceHermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Thus Gotama [Buddha] walked toward the town to gather alms, and the two samanas recognized
One thing, however, did become clear to him - why so many perfect works of art did not please him at all, why they were almost hateful and boring to him, in spite of a certain undeniable beauty. Workshops, churches, and palaces were full of these fatal works of art; he had even helped with a few himself. They were deeply disappointing because they aroused the desire for the highest and did not fulfill it. They lacked the most essential thing - mystery. That was what dreams and truly great works of art had in common: mystery.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: One thing, however, did become clear to him - why so many perfect works of
Knowledge can communicated but not wisdom.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Knowledge can communicated but not wisdom.
Life is waiting everywhere, the future is flowering everywhere, but we only see a small part of it and step on much of it with our feet.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Life is waiting everywhere, the future is flowering everywhere, but we only see a small
The opposite of every truth is just as true.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The opposite of every truth is just as true.
Chandogya-Upanishads. 'In truth, the name of the Brahman is Satyam. Indeed, he who knows it enters the heavenly world each day.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Chandogya-Upanishads. 'In truth, the name of the Brahman is Satyam. Indeed, he who knows it
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.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: I realize that some people will not believe that a child of little more than
He had also learned that the sick and unfortunate are far more receptive to traditional magic spells and exorcisms than to sensible advice; that people more readily accept affliction and outward penances than the task of changing themselves, or even examining themselves; that they believe more easily in magic than reason, in formulas than experience ... They would much rather pay in money and goods than in trust and love. They cheat one another and expect to be cheated themselves. You had to learn to see man as a weak, selfish, and cowardly creature; you also had to realize how many of these evil traits and impulses you shared yourself ...Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: He had also learned that the sick and unfortunate are far more receptive to traditional
When someone reads a text whose meaning he wants to comprehend, he does not despise the signs and letters, calling them deceptive, contingent, and worthless husks, but rather he reads them, he studies and loves them, letter by letter. But I, the I who wished to read the book of the world and the book of my own essential being, I have, for the sake of a previously imagined meaning, held these signs and letters in contempt, calling the world of appearances deception, calling my eye and my tongue themselves contingent, and worthless appearances. No, this is over, I have awakened, I have indeed awakened, and today is the first day of my new life." --SiddharthaHermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: When someone reads a text whose meaning he wants to comprehend, he does not despise
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.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Forgive me, father, I am not certain what my own wishes are. I shall always
And whether this happiness lasted a hundred seconds or ten minutes, it was so far removed from time that it resembled every other genuine happiness as completely as one fluttering blue lycaenid butterfly resembles another.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: And whether this happiness lasted a hundred seconds or ten minutes, it was so far
Every age, every culture, every ethos and tradition has a style of its own, has the varieties of gentleness and harshness, of beauty and cruelty that are appropriate to it. Each age will take certain kinds of suffering for granted, will patiently accept certain wrongs. Human life becomes a real hell of suffering only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap. Required to live in the Middle Ages, someone from the Graeco-Roman period would have died a wretched death by suffocation, just as a savage inevitably would in the midst our civilization. Now, there are times when a whole generation gets caught to such an extent between two eras, two styles of life, that nothing comes naturally to it since it has lost all sense of morality, security and innocence. A man of Nietzsche's mettle had to endure our present misery more than a generation in advance. Today, thousands are enduring what he had to suffer alone and without being understood.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Every age, every culture, every ethos and tradition has a style of its own, has
What a wonderful sleep it had been! Never had sleep so refreshed him, so renewed him, so rejuvenated him! Perhaps he had really died, perhaps he had been drowned and was reborn in another form. No, he recognized himself, he recognized his hands and feet, the place where he lay and the Self in his breast, Siddhartha, self-willed, individualistic. But this Siddhartha was somewhat changed, renewed. He had slept wonderfully. He was remarkably awake, happy and curious.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: What a wonderful sleep it had been! Never had sleep so refreshed him, so renewed
I see that you think more than you can express. But, if that's the case, you must also know that you have never fully lived out your thoughts, and that isn't good. Only the thoughts that we live out have any value. You knew that your 'permissible world' was only half the world, and you tried to hide away the second half from yourself, the way clergymen and teachers do. You won't succeed! No one can do that when he has once begun to think.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: I see that you think more than you can express. But, if that's the case,
I live in my dreams - that's what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That's the difference.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: I live in my dreams - that's what you sense. Other people live in dreams,
For the air of lonely men surrounded him now, a still atmosphere in which the world around him slipped away, leaving him incapable of relationship, an atmosphere against which neither will nor longing availed. This was one of the significant earmarks of his life.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: For the air of lonely men surrounded him now, a still atmosphere in which the
It is a pity that you students aren't fully aware of the luxury and abundance in which you live.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: It is a pity that you students aren't fully aware of the luxury and abundance
I wanted ... people to listen to the pulse of nature, to partake of the wholeness of life and not forget, under the pressure of their petty destinies, that we are not gods and have not created ourselves but are the children of the earth, part of the cosmos.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: I wanted ... people to listen to the pulse of nature, to partake of the
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.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: When a tree is polled, it will sprout new shoots nearer its roots. A soul
Words can not express the joy of new life.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Words can not express the joy of new life.
A home isn't just a roof over our heads. A home is a place where we feel loved and where we love others. It's a place we belong. Love is what makes a home, not the contents inside the house or the number on the door. It's the people waiting for us across the threshold, the people who will take us in their arms after a ad day and kiss us good night and good morning everyday for the rest of our lives.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: A home isn't just a roof over our heads. A home is a place where
then all these people were his brothers and sisters. Each one of them carried the memory of a beloved mother and a better past, or a secret sign of a more beautiful and more noble destiny, and each person was dear to him and remarkable and gave him something to think about. Indeed, he felt that nobody was worse than he was himself.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: then all these people were his brothers and sisters. Each one of them carried the
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.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Among the many worlds which man did not receive as a gift of nature, but
I will learn from myself, be my own pupil; I will learn from myself the secret of Siddhartha.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: I will learn from myself, be my own pupil; I will learn from myself the
For every true statement there is an opposite one that is also true; that language and the confines of time lead people to adhere to one fixed belief that does not account for the fullness of the truth. Because nature works in a self-sustaining cycle, every entity carries in it the potential for its opposite and so the world must always be considered complete.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: For every true statement there is an opposite one that is also true; that language
The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it
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.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: And as far as talent is concerned, there will be such an excess that our
The Steppenwolf, however, first threw up his sharp, closely cropped head and sniffed around nervously before he either made any answer or announced his name. "Oh, it smells good here," he said, and at that he smiled and my aunt smiled too.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The Steppenwolf, however, first threw up his sharp, closely cropped head and sniffed around nervously
Perhaps people like us cannot love. Ordinary people can - that is their secret.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Perhaps people like us cannot love. Ordinary people can - that is their secret.
You were too lazy to learn to dance until it was almost too late, and in the same way you were too lazy to learn to love. As for ideal and tragic love, that I don't doubt you can do marvellously- and all honour to you. Now you will learn to love a little in an ordinary human way.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: You were too lazy to learn to dance until it was almost too late, and
His face was still more clever and spiritual than others, but it seldom smiled, and one after the other it was taking on the traits one so often observes in the faces of the wealthy: that look of dissatisfaction, infirmity, displeasure, lethargy, unkindness. Slowly he was being stricken with the maladies that afflict rich people's souls.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: His face was still more clever and spiritual than others, but it seldom smiled, and
The world is going under, I thought, and this notion so little surprised me, it seemed as though I had been waiting a long time for just that to happen. But now, from amid the burning and collapsing city, I saw a boy come toward me. His hands were buried in his pockets and he hopped and skipped from one leg to another, resilient and light-hearted. Then he stopped and emitted an ingenious whistle
our signal from grade school days, and the boy was my friend who had shot himself when he was a student. Immediately I too became, like him, a boy of twelve, and the burning city and the distant thunder and the blustering storm of howling voices from all corners of the world sounded wondrously exquisite to our newly awakened ears. Now everything was good, and the dark nightmare in which I had lived for so many despairing years was gone forever.
Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The world is going under, I thought, and this notion so little surprised me, it
Love must neither beg nor demand. Love must be strong enough to find certainty within itself. It then cease to be moved and becomes the mover.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Love must neither beg nor demand. Love must be strong enough to find certainty within
Never again!" commanded his will.
"Again! Tomorrow!" begged his heart.
Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Never again!" commanded his will. "Again! Tomorrow!" begged his heart.
The morality of artists is replaced by aesthetics.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The morality of artists is replaced by aesthetics.
A mere nothing suffices - and the lightning strikes.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: A mere nothing suffices - and the lightning strikes.
Perhaps it is this which keeps you from finding
peace, perhaps it is the many words
Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Perhaps it is this which keeps you from findingpeace, perhaps it is the many words
In this hour, Siddhartha stopped fighting his fate, stopped suffering. On his face flourished the cheerfulness of a knowledge, which is no longer opposed by any will, which knows perfection, which is in agreement with the flow of events, with the current of life, full of sympathy for the pain of others, full of sympathy for the pleasure of others, devoted to the flow, belonging to the oneness.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: In this hour, Siddhartha stopped fighting his fate, stopped suffering. On his face flourished the
That seems to be the way of things. Everyone takes, everyone gives. Life is like that.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: That seems to be the way of things. Everyone takes, everyone gives. Life is like
The world was so beautiful when regarded like this, without searching, so simply, in such a childlike way. Moons and stas were beautiful, beautiful were bank and stream, forest and rocks, goat and gold-bug, flower and butterfly. So lovely, so delightful to go through the world this way, so like a child, awake, open to what is near, without distrust.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: The world was so beautiful when regarded like this, without searching, so simply, in such
He waited, listening with deep enjoyment, for the end of the sonata. In the still, twilit corridor it sounded so lonely and unworldly, and so brave and innocent also, both childlike and superior, as all good music must in the midst of the unredeemed muteness of the world.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: He waited, listening with deep enjoyment, for the end of the sonata. In the still,
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, that is Atman, that is in me and you and in every creature, and I am beginning to believe that this knowledge has no worse enemy than the man of knowledge, than learning.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call
A father can pass on his nose and eyes and even his intelligence to his child, but not his soul. In every human being the soul is newHermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: A father can pass on his nose and eyes and even his intelligence to his
You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves. A whole society composed of men afraid of the unknown within them!Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid
I would like the work to be non-work. This means that it would find its way beyond my preconceptions ... It is the unknown quantity from which and where I want to go. As a thing, an object, it accedes to its non-logical self. It is something, it is nothing.Eva Hesse Hesse Sayings By Eva Hesse: I would like the work to be non-work. This means that it would find its
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.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: One never reaches home,' she said. 'But where paths that have an affinity for each
That life is difficult, I have often bitterly realized.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: That life is difficult, I have often bitterly realized.
I like listening to music, but only the kind you play, completely unreserved music, the kind that makes you feel that a man is shaking heaven and hell. I believe I love that kind of music because it is amoral. Everything else is so moral that I'm looking for something that isn't. Morality has always seemed to me insufferable.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: I like listening to music, but only the kind you play, completely unreserved music, the
For mountain and stream, tree and leaf, root and blossom, every form in nature is echoed in us and originates in the soul whose being is eternity and is hidden from us but none the less gives itself to us for the most part in the power of love and creation.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: For mountain and stream, tree and leaf, root and blossom, every form in nature is
I want to learn from myself, want to be my student, want to get to know myself, the secret of Siddhartha.Hermann Hesse Hesse Sayings By Hermann Hesse: I want to learn from myself, want to be my student, want to get to