82 Total Quotes

Hermann Hesse Quotes

One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist #Home

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. It is a very serious task, young man, and possibly a tragic one.
Hermann Hesse
#Chaos

There's no reality except the one contained within us. That's why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.
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#Life #German Novelist #Editor's Pick #Quote of the Day

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
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#Man

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

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

Every age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and cruelties; it accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evils. Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap.
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#Age And Aging #Suffering

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
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#Books And Reading #German Novelist

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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#German Novelist #Character

You treat world history as a mathematician does mathematics, in which nothing but laws and formulas exist, no reality, no good and evil, no time, no yesterday, no tomorrow, nothing but an eternal, shallow, mathematical present.
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#History And Historians #History

What I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity.
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#Middle Class #Comfort

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

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.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist #Honor

The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire
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#Comfort

You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, 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 el
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#Love

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

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
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#Happiness

Solitude is independence.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist