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Hermann Hesse
July 2, 1877 - August 9, 1962
Nationality: German
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: German Novelist

Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.


Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind things, they were in them, in all of them.


When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.


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.


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.


Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.


All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.


Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader.


Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.


Solitude is independence.


Perhaps people like us cannot love. Ordinary people can - that is their secret.


To be able to throw one's self away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman's smile - that is happiness.


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.


You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves.


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.


Only the ideas that we really live have any value.


Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.


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.


Within us there is someone who knows everything, wills everything, does everything better than we ourselves.


Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.


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