62 Total Quotes

German Novelist Quotes

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

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.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

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

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

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

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

And my father, after all, was a nationalist.
Heinrich Mann
#German Novelist

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

An action doesn't have to be wrong just because it is not logical. It doesn't have to be right just because it has its logic.
Lion Feuchtwanger
#German Novelist

There's only a step from the sublime to the ridiculous, but there's no road leading from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Lion Feuchtwanger
#German Novelist

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

Solitude is independence.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

Goodness means the highest degree of popularity.
Heinrich Mann
#German Novelist

There is no better way of elevating the novel than by making it into a construct which contains ideas.
Heinrich Mann
#German Novelist

The Bourbon King was first ambassador of reason and human happiness.
Heinrich Mann
#German Novelist

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
Herman Hesse
#German Novelist

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.
Herman Hesse
#German Novelist

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.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

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.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

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

The truth is lived, not taught.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

Only the ideas that we really live have any value.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

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.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist

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.
Hermann Hesse
#German Novelist