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Hermann Hesse
By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

I am in truth the Steppenwolf that I often call myself; that beast astray that finds neither home nor joy nor nourishment in a world that is strange and incomprehensible to him.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hermann Hesse

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Hermann Hesse

There is nothing to opinions, they may be beautiful or ugly, smart or foolish, everyone can support them or discard them. But the teachings, you’ve heard from me, are no opinion, and their goal is not to explain the world to those who seek knowledge. They have a different goal; their goal is salvation from suffering. This is what Gotama teaches, nothing else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hermann Hesse

The truth is lived, not taught.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hermann Hesse

You will become tired, Siddhartha." "I will become tired." "You will fall asleep, Siddhartha." "I will not fall asleep." "You will die, Siddhartha." "I will die.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hermann Hesse

That life is difficult, I have often bitterly realized.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

But one thing this doctrine, so clean, so venerable, does not contain: it does nto contain the secret of what the Sublime One himself experienced, he alone among the hundreds of thousands. This is why I am continuing my wanderings not to seek another, better doctrine, because I know there is none, but to leave behind all the teachings and all teachers, and either attain my goal alone or die.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hermann Hesse

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.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Hermann Hesse

No está la muerte ni allí ni aquí, se alza en todos los senderos. Está en ti y está en mí tan pronto como traicionamos la vida

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

...Every ego so far from being a unity is in the highest degree a manifold world, a constellated heaven, a chaos of forms, of states and stages, of inheritances and potentialities. It appears to be a necessity as imperative as eating and breathing for everyone to be forced to regard this chaos as a unity and to speak of his ego as though is was a one-fold and clearly detached and fixed phenomenon. Even the best of us shares this delusion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

I cannot tell my story without reaching a long way back.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Loneliness is the way by which destiny endeavors to lead man to himself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Happiness is love, nothing else.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

In fear I hurried this way and that. I had the taste of blood and chocolate in my mouth, the one as hateful as the other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hermann Hesse

One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hermann Hesse

When all the Self was conquered and dead, when all passions and desires were silent, then the last must awaken, the innermost of Being that is no longer Self - the great secret!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Here and there in the ancient literature we encounter legends of wise and mysterious games that were conceived and played by scholars, monks, or the courtiers of cultured princes. These might take the form of chess games in which the pieces and squares had secret meanings in addition to their usual functions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hermann Hesse

The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Fortunately, like most children, I had learned what is most valuable, most indispensable for life before school years began, taught by apple trees, by rain and sun, river and woods.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Should we be mindful of dreams?" Joseph asked. "Can we interpret them?" The Master looked into his eyes and said tersely: "We should be mindful of everything, for we can interpret everything.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hermann Hesse

No, I'm not religious, I'm sorry to say. But I was once and shall be again. There is no time now to be religious." "No time. Does it need time to be religious?" "Oh, yes. To be religious you must have time and, even more, independence of time. You can't be religious in earnest and at the same time live in actual things and still take them seriously, time and money and the Odéon Bar and all that.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Hermann Hesse

I still believed firmly in chance at that time.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Narziss was dark and thin of face, and Goldmund open and radiant as a flower. Narziss was a thinker and anatomiser, Goldmund a dreamer and a child. Yet things common to both could bridge these differences. Both were knightly and delicate; both set apart by visible signs from their fellows, since both had received the particular admonishment of fate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

He saw that the water continually flowed and flowed and yet it was always there; it was always the same and yet every moment it was new.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Fate and character are different names for the same idea.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hermann Hesse

But in the midst of the freedom he had attained Harry suddenly became aware that his freedom was a death and that he stood alone. The world in an uncanny fashion left him in peace. Other men concerned him no longer. He was not even concerned about himself. He began to suffocate slowly in the more and more rarefied atmosphere of remoteness and solitude. For now it was his wish no longer, nor his aim, to be alone and independent, but rather his lot and his sentence. The magic wish had been fulfilled and could not be cancelled, and it was no good now to open his arms with longing and goodwill to welcome the bonds of society. People left him alone now. It was not, however, that he was an object of hatred and repugnance. On the contrary, he had many friends. A great many people liked him. But it was no more than sympathy and friendliness. He received invitations, presents, pleasant letters; but no more. No one came near to him. There was on link left, and no one could have had any part in his life even had anyone wished it. For the air of lonely man 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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Lovers should not separate from each other after making love without admiring each other, without being conquered as well as conquering, so that no feeling of satiation or desolation arises nor the horrid feeling of misusing or having been misused.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hermann Hesse

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Hermann Hesse

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.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Somente as idéias que vivemos é que têm valor.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Did you," so he asked him at one time, "did you too learn that secret from the river: that there is no time?" Vasudeva's face was filled with a bright smile. "Yes, Siddhartha," he spoke. "It is this what you mean, isn't it: that the river is everywhere at once, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the rapids, in the sea, in the mountains, everywhere at once, and that there is only the present time for it, not the shadow of the past, not the shadow of the future?" "This it is," said Siddhartha. "And when I had learned it, I looked at my life, and it was also a river, and the boy Siddhartha was only separated from the man Siddhartha and from the old man Siddhartha by a shadow, not by something real. Also, Siddhartha's previous births were no past, and his death and his return to Brahma was no future. Nothing was, nothing will be; everything is, everything has existence and is present." Siddhartha spoke with ecstasy; deeply, this enlightenment had delighted him. Oh, was not all suffering time, were not all forms of tormenting oneself and being afraid time, was not everything hard, everything hostile in the world gone and overcome as soon as one had overcome time, as soon as time would have been put out of existence by one's thoughts?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Bir kimse arıyorsa, gözü aradığı şeyden başkasını görmez çokluk, bir türlü bulmasını beceremez, dışarıdan hiçbir şeyi alıp kendi içine aktaramaz, çünkü aklı fikri aradığı şeydedir hep, çünkü bir amacı vardır, çünkü bu amacın büyüsüne kapılmıştır. Aramak, bir amacı olmak demektir. bulmaksa özgür olmak, dışa açık bulunmak, hiçbir amacı olmamak. Sen ey saygıdeğer kişi, belki gerçekten arayan birisin, çünkü amacının peşinde koştuğundan hemen gözünün önündeki bazı şeyleri görmüyorsun.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Hermann Hesse

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

A girl had bidden me eat and drink and sleep, and had shown me friendship and had laughed at me and had called me a silly little boy. And this wonderful friend had talked to me of the saints and shown me that even when I had outdone myself in absurdity I was not alone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

...As every one of us knows, there are some festivals and games in which everything goes right, and every element lifts up, animates, and exalts every other, just as there are theatrical and musical performances which without any clearly discernible cause seem to ascend miraculously to glorious climaxes and intensely felt experiences, whereas others, just as well prepared, remain no more than decent tries.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hermann Hesse

I will not pretend to justify this espionage I carried on, and I will say openly that all these signs of a life full of intellectual curiosity, but thoroughly slovenly and disorderly at the same time, inspired me at first with aversion and mistrust. I am not only a middle-class man, living a regular life, fond of work and punctuality; I am also an abstainer and a nonsmoker, and these bottles in Haller's room pleased me even less than the rest of his artistic disorder.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Hermann Hesse

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Hermann Hesse

He tried to think of death as he had done now and then, but that tired him and he dozed off. When he awoke an hour later, he felt fresh and calm as though he had slept for days.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hermann Hesse

When trying to remember my share in the glow of the eternal present, in the smile of God, I return to my childhood, too, for that is where the most significant discoveries turn up.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Hermann Hesse

I had often observed the sparkle in the eye of those who told me of it and I had always treated it with a half-superior, half-envious smile.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Hermann Hesse

This change did not bring me into the community of the others, did not make me closer to anyone, but actually made me even lonelier. My reformation seemed to point in the direction of Demian, but even this was a distant fate. I did not know myself, for I was too deeply involved. It had begun with Beatrice, but for some time I had been living in such an unreal world with my paintings and my thoughts of Demian that I'd forgotten all about her, too. I could not have uttered a single word about my dreams and expectations, my inner change, to anyone, not even if I had wanted to. But how could I have wanted to?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hermann Hesse

The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hermann Hesse

The art of love-giving and taking become one.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Pero en los casos en los que no ha sido costumbre sino el más íntimo impulso el que nos ha llevado a ofrecer amor y veneración, cuando hemos sido discípulos y amigos de todo corazón, el momento de reconocer que la corriente dominante en nosotros se aparta de la persona querida es amargo y terrible.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

. . . gentleness is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Hermann Hesse

Pero cada uno de los hombres no es tan solo él mismo; es también un punto único, particularismo, importante siempre y singular, en el que se cruzan los fenómenos del Mundo, sólo una vez de aquel modo y nunca más.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Hermann Hesse

He was pleased with everything that he did and learned and the days and months passed quickly. But he learned more from the river than Vasudeva could teach him. He learned from it continually. Above all, he learned from it how to listen, to listen with a still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hermann Hesse

In every truth, the opposite is equally true. For example, a truth can only be expressed and enveloped in words if it is onesided.