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Hermann Hesse Quote: “The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “We have to stumble through so much dirt and humbug before we reach home. And we have no one to guide us. Our only guide is our homesickness.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Every healthy person must have a goal in life and that life must have content.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Did all this make sense?”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “I shall begin my story with an experience I had when I was ten and attended our small town’s Latin school.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Passion is always a mystery and unaccountable, and unfortunately there is no doubt that life does not spare its purest children; often it is just the most deserving people who cannot help loving those that destroy them.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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 committ outrages...”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind things, they were in them, in all of them.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Not in his speech, not in his thoughts, I see his greatness, only in his actions, in his life.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “All I really wanted was to try and live the life that was spontaneously welling up within me. Why was that so very difficult?”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Whether you and I and a few others will renew the world some day remains to be seen. But within ourselves we must renew it each day.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “There are always a few such people who demand the utmost of life and yet cannot come to terms with its stupidity and crudeness.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Everything that was not suffered to the end and finally concluded, recurred, and the same sorrows were undergone.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Faith is stronger than so-called reason.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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 Quote: “Good that you ask – you should always ask, always have doubts.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “A mere nothing suffices – and the lightning strikes.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Whither will my path yet lead me? This path is stupid, it goes in spirals, perhaps in circles, but whichever way it goes, I will follow it.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Abraxas was the god who was both god and devil.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “The opposite of every truth is just as true.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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 Quote: “Any attempt to replace a personal conscience by a collective conscience does violence to the individual and is the first step toward totalitarianism.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Who travels far will often see things Far removed from what was believed as Truth.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “But peace, too, is a living thing and like all life it must wax and wane, accommodate, withstand trials, and undergo changes.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “I felt knowledge and the unity of the world circulate in me like my own blood.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “That is where my dearest and brightest dreams have ranged – to hear for the duration of a heartbeat the universe and the totality of life in its mysterious, innate harmony.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “One day I would be a better hand at the game. One day I would learn how to laugh. Pablo was waiting for me, and Mozart too.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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 Quote: “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.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “If a man has nothing to eat, fasting is the most intelligent thing he can do.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “The day had gone by just as days go by. I had killed it in accordance with my primitive and retiring way of life.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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 Quote: “Perhaps people like us cannot love. Ordinary people can – that is their secret.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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 Quote: “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.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “Every experience has its element of magic.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “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.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “You knew all along that your sanctioned world was only half the world, and you tried to suppress the other half the same way the priests and teachers do. You won’t succeed. No one succeeds in this once he has begun to think.”
Hermann Hesse Quote: “You must find your dream, then the way becomes easy.”
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