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Hermann Hesse Quotes

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

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

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

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.

Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.

Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.

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.

If a man has nothing to eat, fasting is the most intelligent thing he can do.

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.

In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.

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.

It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard.

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.

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

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

Only the ideas that we really live have any value.

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.

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

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

Solitude is independence.