Hermann Hesse Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old hermann hesse quotes, hermann hesse sayings, and hermann hesse proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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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.     

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

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Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.     

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One cannot apologize for something fundamental, and a child feels and knows this as well and as deeply as any sage.     

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As insanity in a higher sense, is the beginning of all wisdom, so is schizophrenia the beginning of all art, all fantasy.     

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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.     

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I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.     

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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.     

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

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I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.     

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If I know what love is, it is because of you.     

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Words can not express the joy of new life.     

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

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Chaos demands to be recognized and experienced before letting itself be converted into a new order.     

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Despair is the result of each earnest attempt to go through life with virtue, justice and understanding, and to fulfill their requirements. Children live on one side of despair, the awakened on the other side.     

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Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.     

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

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Every healthy person must have a goal in life and that life must have content.     

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In eternity there is no time, only an instant long enough for a joke.     

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

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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.     

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People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. It was a scandal that a breed of fearless and sinister people ran around freely, so they attached a nickname and a myth to these people to get even with them, to make up for the many times they had felt afraid.     

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Each man had only one genuine vocation to find the way to himself.     

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All interpretation, all psychology, all attempts to make things comprehensible, require the medium of theories, mythologies, and lies.     

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The human attitude of which classical music is the expression is always the same; it is always based on the same kind of insight into life and strives for the same kind of victory over blind change. Classical music as gesture signifies knowledge of the tragedy of the human condition, affirmation of human destiny, courage, cheerful serenity.     

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Any attempt to replace a personal conscience by a collective conscience does violence to the individual and is the first step toward totalitarianism.     

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The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Whoever will be born must destroy a world.     

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Everyone can reach his goal, if he can think, wait and fast.     

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