46 Remarkable Hermann Hesse Quotes

46 Remarkable Hermann Hesse Quotes

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Herman Hesse was a painter and poet from Germany. Some of his best known work includes The Glass Bead Game, Siddhartha, and Damian. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. His work focuses on self knowledge and spirituality. He died on August 9, 1962 at the age of 85.

“A mere nothing suffices — and the lightning strikes.”

“A true seeker could not accept any teachings, not if he sincerely wished to find something. But he who had found, could give his approval to every path, every goal; nothing separated him
from all of the other thousands who lived in eternity, who breathed the Divine.”

“Abraxas was the god who was both god and devil.”

“As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.”

“Certainly you shouldn’t go kill somebody or rape a girl, no! But you haven’t reached the point where you can understand the actual meaning of “permitted” and “forbidden.” You’ve only sensed
part of the truth.”

“During deep meditation it is possible to dispel time, to see simultaneously all the past, present, and future, and then everything is good, everything is perfect, everything is Brahman.”

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

“God, in his search for self-expression, invested the souls of Hindus, Greeks, and Germans with poetic shapes and continues to invest each child’s soul with poetry every day.”

“Haller’s sickness of soul, as I now know, is not the eccentricity of a single individual, but the sickness of the times themselves, the neurosis of that generation to which Haller belongs,
a sickness, it seems, that by no means attacks the weak and worthless only but rather those who are strongest in spirit and richest in gifts.”

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

“I have known it for a long time but I have only just experienced it. Now I know it not only with my intellect, but with my eyes, with my heart, with my stomach.”

“I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself.”

“I sped through heaven and saw god at work. I suffered holy pains. I dropped all my defences and was afraid of nothing in the world. I accepted all things and to all things I gave up my

“I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self. Why was that so very difficult?”

“I was given the freedom to discover my own inclination and talents, to fashion my inmost pleasures and sorrows myself and to regard the future not as an alien higher power but as the hope
and product of my own strength.”

“If what matters in a person’s existence is to accept the inevitable consciously, to taste the good and bad to the full and to make for oneself a more individual, unaccidental and inward
destiny alongside one’s external fate, then my life has been neither empty nor worthless.”

“In the beginning was the myth.”

“It is a pity that you students aren’t fully aware of the luxury and abundance in which you live.”

it matters little that you suffer, so long as you feel alive with a sense of the close bond that connects all living things, so long as love does not die!”

“It was lovely, and tempting, to exert power over men and to shine before others, but power also had its perditions and perils.”

“It was my destiny to join in a great experience. Having had the good fortune to belong to the League, I was permitted to be a participant in unique journey.”

“Love does not entreat; or demand. Love must have the strength to become certain within itself. Then it ceases merely to be attracted and begins to attract.”

“One can call these moments creative, because they seem to give a feeling of union with the creator, and while they last, one is sensible of everything being necessary, even what is
seemingly fortuitous.”

“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.”

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

“Only the ideas that we actually live are of any value”

“Our god’s name is Abraxas and he is God and Satan and he contains both the luminous and the dark world.”

“Passion is always a mystery and unaccountable, and unfortunately there is no doubt that life does not spare its purest children and often it is just the most deserving people who cannot
help loving those that destroy them.”

“People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.”

“Perhaps people like us cannot love. Ordinary people can – that is their secret.”

“That life is difficult, I have often bitterly realized.”

“The bird is struggling out of the egg. The egg is the world. ”

“The truth is lived, not taught.”

“The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence and to the possibility of being born.”

“The world, as it is now, wants to die, wants to perish — and it will.”

“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, that is Atman, that is in me and
you and in every creature, and I am beginning to believe that this knowledge has no worse enemy than the man of knowledge, than learning.”

“These people were worthy of love and admiration in their blind loyalty, in their blind strength and tenacity. With the exception of one small thing, one tiny little thing, they lacked
nothing that the sage and thinker had, and that was the consciousness of the unity of all life.”

“They knew a tremendous number of things — But was it worthwhile knowing all these things if they did not know the one important thing, the only important thing?”

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

“Was that really love? I saw all these passionate people reel about and drift haphazardly as if driven by a storm, the man filled with desire today, satiated on the morrow, loving fiercely
and discarding brutally, sure of no affection and happy in no love…”

“We create gods and struggle with them, and they bless us.”

“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.”

“What you call passion is not spiritual force, but friction between the soul and the outside world.”

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

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

“You must find your dream, then the way becomes easy.”