hermann hesse Quotes

We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. 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: each the other's opposite and complement.
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— Hermann Hesse
In eternity there is no time, only an instant long enough for a joke.
tags: time eternity
— Hermann Hesse
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
tags: men
— Hermann Hesse
It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard.
tags: law
— Hermann Hesse
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.
tags: power magic suffering hurt loving
— Hermann Hesse
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
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— Hermann Hesse
Seriousness is an accident of time. It consists of putting too high a value on time. In eternity there is no time. Eternity is a moment, just long enough for a joke
tags: time moment value eternity
— Hermann Hesse
Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.
tags: work joy world soul pleasure music passion creative business
— Hermann Hesse
When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
— Hermann Hesse
When you like someone, you like them in spite of their faults. When you love someone, you love them with their faults.
— Hermann Hesse
Beautiful was this world, looking at it thus, without searching, thus simply, thus childlike.
tags: world beautiful searching
— Hermann Hesse
Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.
tags: happiness talent
— Hermann Hesse
Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?" That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.
tags: time secret future past present ocean
— Hermann Hesse
We kill at every step, not only in wars, riots and executions. We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, suffering and shame.In the same way all disrespect for life, all hard-heartedness,all indifference, all contempt is nothing else than killing.
tags: poverty suffering eyes war
— Hermann Hesse
I live in my dreams - that's what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That's the difference.
tags: people live dreams
— Hermann Hesse
I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us.
— Hermann Hesse
The truth is lived, not taught....
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— Hermann Hesse
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
Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
tags: live wonder wisdom
— Hermann Hesse
As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.
tags: soul body
— Hermann Hesse
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.
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— Hermann Hesse
To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.
tags: people work world patience smile revenge
— Hermann Hesse
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
— Hermann Hesse
You have to try the impossible to achieve the possible
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— Hermann Hesse
I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I'm beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn't pleasant, it's not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.
tags: people lies star madness right blood teaching stories dreams
— Hermann Hesse
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.
tags: meaning believe value bad
— Hermann Hesse
Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself
tags: time
— Hermann Hesse
Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.
tags: death birth path mother
— Hermann Hesse
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.
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— Hermann Hesse
She stood before him and surrendered herself to him and sky, forest, and brook all came toward him in new and resplendent colors, belonged to him, and spoke to him in his own language. And instead of merely winning a woman he embraced the entire world and every star in heaven glowed within him and sparkled with joy in his soul. He had loved and had found himself. But most people love to lose themselves.
tags: people women joy world language soul star sky winning heaven
— Hermann Hesse
A house without books is a poor house, even if beautiful rugs are covering its floors and precious wallpapers and pictures cover its walls
tags: beautiful poor book
— Hermann Hesse
It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.
tags: world hate respect
— Hermann Hesse
Words can not express the joy of new life.
tags: joy
— Hermann Hesse
How beautiful the world was when one looked at it, without searching... just looked, simply and innocently.
tags: world beautiful searching
— Hermann Hesse
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.
tags: people live night kiss
— Hermann Hesse
Slowly blossomed, slowly ripened in Siddhartha the realisation, the knowledge, what wisdom actually was, 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.
tags: secret living thoughts soul moment wisdom goal
— Hermann Hesse
Your soul is the whole world.
tags: world soul
— 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
tags: peace perfection
— Hermann Hesse
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.
tags: people mystery doubt help loving passion
— Hermann Hesse
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.
tags: strong
— Hermann Hesse
hermann hesse
Birth    : July 2, 1877
Death  : August 9, 1962
Occupation  : Poet