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292 Inspiring Quotes by Hermann Hesse

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Wikipedia Summary for Hermann Hesse

Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛʁman ˈhɛsə] (listen); 2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962) was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.

--Hermann Hesse

Longer Version:

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves.


white wall paint beside white wall

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.

--Hermann Hesse



yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

You show the world as a complete, unbroken chain, an eternal chain, linked together by cause and effect.

--Hermann Hesse

white wall paint with black shadow

Each of us is merely one human being, merely an experiment, a way station. But each of us should be on the way toward perfection, should be striving to reach the center, not the periphery.

--Hermann Hesse

yellow flower field under clear sky

The law of service. He who wishes to live long must serve, but he who wishes to rule does not live long.

--Hermann Hesse


rock formation under starry skies

How beautiful the world was when one looked at it without searching, just looked, simply and innocently.

--Hermann Hesse


selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them.

--Hermann Hesse

high-angle photography of beach side

That is just what life is when it is beautiful and happy -- a game! Naturally, one can also do all kinds of other things with it, make a duty of it, or a battleground, or a prison, but that does not make it any prettier.

--Hermann Hesse



yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

The river taught us how to listen with a silent heart, with a waiting open soul.

--Hermann Hesse


sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table

It was the first rent in the holy image of my father, it was the first fissure in the columns that had upheld my childhood, which every individual must destroy before he can become himself.

--Hermann Hesse





photography of burning camp fire

My resolve to die was not the whim of an hour. It was the ripe, sound fruit that had slowly grown to full size, lightly rocked by the winds of fate whose next breath would bring it to the ground.

--Hermann Hesse




red textile in close up photography

Every politician in the world is all for revolution, reason, and disarmament-but only in enemy countries, not in his own.

--Hermann Hesse

brown and gray brick wall

I don't write literature but simply confessions, just as a drowning man or a man dying of poisoning no longer worries about the state of his hair or the modulation of his voice, but instead simply lets out a scream.

--Hermann Hesse


woman riding on skateboard during daytime

Good stories are like those noble wild animals that make their home in hidden spots, and you must often settle down at the entrance of the caves and woods and lie in wait for them a long time.

--Hermann Hesse

snow covered mountain during daytime

There was nothing to be made of us intellectuals. We were a superfluous, irresponsible lot of talented chatterboxes for whom reality had no meaning.

--Hermann Hesse



sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

Because the world is so full of death and horror, I try again and again to console my heart and pick the flowers that grow in the midst of hell.

--Hermann Hesse




photography of white sky at golden hour

I would simply like to reclaim an old and, alas, quite unfashionable private formula: Moderate enjoyment is double enjoyment. And: Do not overlook the little joys!

--Hermann Hesse

shorebird on pier

Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.

--Hermann Hesse

close up shot of white flower

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

--Hermann Hesse





Arizona landscape

I hope death will be a great happiness, a happiness as great as that of love, fulfilled love.

--Hermann Hesse

yellow and white painted wall

Every natural form is latent within us, originates in the soul whose essence is eternity, whose essence we cannot know but which most often intimates itself to us as the power to love and create.

--Hermann Hesse

seashore during golden hour

I had a feeling that he was unhappy and that he had an undesired, powerful way of seizing on people as if he wanted to snatch something from them that would comfort him.

--Hermann Hesse

black and gray textile in close up photography

I shall always remember how the peacocks' tails shimmered when the moon rose amongst the tall trees, and on the shady bank the emerging mermaids gleamed fresh and silvery amongst the rocks.

--Hermann Hesse

blue wall during daytime

What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.

--Hermann Hesse

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

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

--Hermann Hesse


None

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

Longer Version:

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.





silhouette photo of mountain during night time

But peace, too, is a living thing and like all life it must wax and wane, accommodate, withstand trials, and undergo changes.

--Hermann Hesse

body of water

Romantic souvenirs had a way of attaching themselves to one when one wanted to move on, but they were not to be taken seriously.

--Hermann Hesse


pink and white tulips on white surface

Love between young people and love after many years of marriage is not the same thing.

--Hermann Hesse




man standing on cliff under white sky

The best weapons against the infamies of life are courage, wilfulness and patience. Courage strenthens, wilfulness is fun and patience provides tranquility.

--Hermann Hesse

silhouette of trees during nighttime

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

--Hermann Hesse

white board beside pencil and tape

There is a miracle in every new beginning.

--Hermann Hesse


white wall paint with black line

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.

--Hermann Hesse

blue and white water waves

There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.

--Hermann Hesse



green leafed tree on snowfield under white cloudy sky at daytime

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

--Hermann Hesse

Longer Version:

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, who ever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my own smallest special detail. A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my father, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.



red and black floral textile

Seriousness is an accident of time. It consists of putting too high a value on time. In eternity there is no time. Eternity is a moment, just long enough for a joke.

--Hermann Hesse

white clouds and blue sky

We have to stumble through so much dirt and humbug before we reach home. And we have no one to guide us. Our only guide is our homesickness.

--Hermann Hesse

silver round analog wall clock

One must find the source within one's own Self, one must possess it. Everything else was seeking -- a detour, an error.

--Hermann Hesse



Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

You can ride, you can travel with a friend of your own;
The final step you must take alone.
No wisdom is better than this when known:
That every hard thing is done alone.

--Hermann Hesse

pink flower

The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught.

--Hermann Hesse







None

Floribert could neither sing nor recite these poems because they were without words, but he dreamed and felt them sometimes, especially in the evenings.

--Hermann Hesse


yellow background

Among mathematicians, even in those days, the reputation of being a good Glass Bead Game player meant a great deal; it was equivalent to being a very good mathematician.

--Hermann Hesse






rainbow

How foolish to wear oneself out in vain longing for warmth! Solitude is independence.

--Hermann Hesse


bird on pier

Seeking nothing, emulating nothing, breathing gently, he moved in an atmosphere of imperishable calm, impresihable light, inviolable peace.

--Hermann Hesse

foggy mountains

What for me is bliss and life and ecstasy and exaltation, the world in general seeks at most in imagination; in life it finds it absurd.

--Hermann Hesse

None

Ephemeral, highly ephemeral is the world of formations; ephemeral, highly ephemeral are our clothes and hairstyles, and our hair and our bodies themselves.

--Hermann Hesse


silhouette of tall trees

If my life were not a dangerous, painful experiment, if I did not constantly skirt the abyss and feel the void under my feet, my life would have no meaning and I would not have been able to write anything.

--Hermann Hesse

body of water during daytime

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

--Hermann Hesse



rocks on sea side at daytime

Faith is stronger than so-called reason.

--Hermann Hesse

pink and white clouds

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

red textile in close up photography

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.

--Hermann Hesse

red blue yellow and red paint

A mere nothing suffices -- and the lightning strikes.

--Hermann Hesse




Arizona landscape

Beautiful was this world, looking at it thus, without searching, thus simply, thus childlike.

--Hermann Hesse

lake beside green pine trees

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

--Hermann Hesse

Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

That is where my dearest and brightest dreams have ranged -- to hear for the duration of a heartbeat the universe and the totality of life in its mysterious, innate harmony.

--Hermann Hesse


shoreline during golden hour

My real self wanders elsewhere, far away, wanders on and on invisibly and has nothing to do with my life.

--Hermann Hesse

white brick wall planning

It taught him how to listen -- how to listen with a quiet heart and a waiting soul, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinion.

--Hermann Hesse

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

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

--Hermann Hesse


black mountain under blue sky during night time

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

Longer Version:

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: each the other's opposite and complement.


aerial photography of pine trees with mist

The most lively young people become the best old people, not those who pretend to be as wise as grandfathers while they are still in school.

--Hermann Hesse




high-angle photography of beach side

For 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.

--Hermann Hesse



silhouette of flower during sunset

What should I possibly have to tell you, oh venerable one? Perhaps that you're searching far too much? That in all that searching, you don't find the time for finding?

--Hermann Hesse





dog on pier at water

That life is difficult, I have often bitterly realized.

--Hermann Hesse

road in the middle of grass covered field during day

The river is everywhere at the same time ... everywhere and the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past, nor the shadow of the future.

--Hermann Hesse

sunset

One can beg, buy, be presented with and find love in the streets, but it can never be stolen.

--Hermann Hesse

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if
he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.

--Hermann Hesse

blue wall

She stood a moment before my eyes, clearly and painfully, loved and deeply woven into my destiny; then fell away again in a deep oblivion, at a half regretted distance.

--Hermann Hesse


tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.

--Hermann Hesse

brown wooden surface

Searching means having a goal, but finding means being free, being open, having no goal ... because in striving for your goal there are many things you do not see, which are directly in front of your eyes.

--Hermann Hesse


blue, yellow, and brown wall decor

We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.

--Hermann Hesse

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

No permanence is ours; we are a wave
That flows to fit whatever form it finds:
Through night or day, cathedral or the cave
We pass forever, craving form that binds.

--Hermann Hesse




blue rose in close up photography

Not in his speech, not in his thoughts, I see his greatness, only in his actions, in his life.

--Hermann Hesse



None

An enlightened man had but one duty -- to seek the way to himself, to reach inner certainty, to grope his way forward, no matter where it led.

--Hermann Hesse

red and black floral textile

One of the aphorisms occurred to me now and I wrote it under the picture: "Fate and temperament are two words for one and the same concept." That was clear to me now.

--Hermann Hesse



black bird flying on white background

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

--Hermann Hesse


three person looking stars and milky way

The world was beautiful when looked at in this way-without any seeking, so simple, so childlike.

--Hermann Hesse

purple and white clouds during night time

A tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me!... Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

--Hermann Hesse

black and white abstract illustration

Love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is only your aversion to it that hurts, nothing else.

--Hermann Hesse


adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

The cup was emptied and would never be filled again.

--Hermann Hesse

brown wooden door

All of a sudden there was a human being, a living human being, to shatter the death that had come down over me like a glass case, and to put out a hand to me, a good and beautiful and warm hand.

--Hermann Hesse


tree and pink sky painting

He tried to think of death as he had done now and then, but that tired him and he dozed off. When he awoke an hour later, he felt fresh and calm as though he had slept for days.

--Hermann Hesse


man in cowboy hat

Madness, in a higher sense, is the beginning of all wisdom.

--Hermann Hesse

None

His life oscillates, as everyone's does, not merely between two poles, such as the body and the spirit, the saint and the sinner, but between thousands and thousands.

--Hermann Hesse

sunset over hill

Friendship is identification and difference.

--Hermann Hesse


sunset

How could I fail to be a lone wolf, and an uncouth hermit, as I did not share one of its aims nor understand one of its pleasures?

--Hermann Hesse


woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

Words can not express the joy of new life.

--Hermann Hesse




photo of clear sky full of stars

I have always thirsted for knowledge, I have always been full of questions.

--Hermann Hesse


purple and white clouds during night time

You've never lived what you are thinking, and that isn't good. Only the ideas we actually live are of any value.

--Hermann Hesse

None

At one time I had given much thought to why men were so very rarely capable of living for an ideal. Now I saw that many, no, all men were capable of dying for one.

--Hermann Hesse

blue sky with stars during night time

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

--Hermann Hesse

brown and gray floral textile

The mind is international and supra-national ... it ought to serve not war and annihilation, but peace and reconciliation.

--Hermann Hesse




blue sky and white clouds

I call that man awake who, with conscious knowledge and understanding, can perceive the deep unreasoning powers in his soul, his whole innermost strength, desire and weakness, and knows how to reckon with himself.

--Hermann Hesse

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--Hermann Hesse

man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock

You have to try the impossible to achieve the possible.

--Hermann Hesse

woman standing on beachfront

To recognize causes is to think, and through thought alone feelings become knowledge and are not lost, but become real and begin to mature.

--Hermann Hesse

A view of the night showing stars

Every phenomenon on earth is a parable and every parable is an open gate .

--Hermann Hesse





sunset

Art is contemplation of the world in a state of grace and imaginatively reflecting that subjective understanding.

--Hermann Hesse

black and yellow wall sconce

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

--Hermann Hesse

brown wooden board

To such men the desperate and horrible thought has come that perhaps the whole of human life is but a bad joke, a violent and ill-fated abortion of the primal mother, a savage and dismal catastophe of nature.

--Hermann Hesse

brown wooden surface

If a beautiful thing were to remain beautiful for all eternity, I'd be glad, but all the same I'd look at it with a colder eye. I'd say to myself: You can look at it any time, it doesn't have to be today.

--Hermann Hesse



blue and white abstract painting

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

--Hermann Hesse


stars across the sky view at the desert

In every truth, the opposite is equally true. For example, a truth can only be expressed and enveloped in words if it is onesided.

--Hermann Hesse



sunset

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

--Hermann Hesse

wide lake over sunset view

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

--Hermann Hesse

sunset

Solitude is independence.

--Hermann Hesse


None

What constitutes a real, live human being is more of a mystery than ever these days, and men each one of whom is a valuable, unique experiment on the part of nature are shot down wholesale.

--Hermann Hesse



pink flower

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

--Hermann Hesse


white clouds and blue sky

Alas, Siddhartha, I see you suffering, but you're suffering a pain at which one would like to laugh, at which you'll soon laugh for yourself.

--Hermann Hesse

high-angle photography of beach side

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.

--Hermann Hesse


green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

Meilę galima iškaulyti, nupirkti, gauti dovanų, atrasti gatvėje, bet jėga jos išplėšti negalima.

--Hermann Hesse

silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

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

--Hermann Hesse



long exposure photography of beach

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

--Hermann Hesse

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

When two cultures collide is the only time when true suffering exists.

--Hermann Hesse


sunset

For the first time in my life I tasted death, and death tasted bitter, for death is birth, is fear and dread of some terrible renewal.

--Hermann Hesse

elephant on green grass field during daytime

Every phenomenon on earth is symbolic, and each symbol is an open gate through which the soul, if it is ready, can enter into the inner part of the world, where you and I and day and night are all one.

--Hermann Hesse

green textile in close up image

One never reaches home,' she said. 'But where paths that have an affinity for each other intersect, the whole world looks like home, for a time.

--Hermann Hesse

withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

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

--Hermann Hesse

snow covered brown mountain

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

--Hermann Hesse

Longer Version:

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.



galaxy

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

--Hermann Hesse

brown wooden board

I called the world of phenomena an illusion, I called my eyes and my tongue and accident, valueless phenomena. No, that is all over; I have awakened, I have really awakened and have just been born today.

--Hermann Hesse







person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

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.

--Hermann Hesse



None

The sacred sense of beyond, of timelessness, of a world which had an eternal value and the substance of which was divine had been given back to me today by this friend of mine who taught me dancing.

--Hermann Hesse

white and blue building under clear sky

It is good to taste for yourself everything you need to know. That worldly pleasures and wealth are not good things, I learned even as a child. I knew it for a long time, but only now have I experienced it.

--Hermann Hesse




bird in the sky

I do want more. I am not content with being happy. I was not made for it. It is not my destiny. My destiny is the opposite.

--Hermann Hesse

gray cactus plant on white pot

The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.

--Hermann Hesse



assorted-colored cactus

You are only afriad if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves. A whole society composed of men afraid of the unknown within them!

--Hermann Hesse



silhouette photo of mountain during night time

And here is a doctrine at which you will laugh. It seems to me, Govinda, that love is the most important thing in the world.

--Hermann Hesse


close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

The world, as it is now, wants to die, wants to perish -- and it will.

--Hermann Hesse



seashore during golden hour

Every man's story is important, eternal and sacred. That is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous and worthy of every consideration.

--Hermann Hesse



blue sky with white clouds

I want to learn from myself, want to be my student, want to get to know myself, the secret of Siddhartha.

--Hermann Hesse

Arizona landscape pines

Faith and doubt go hand in hand, they are complementaries. One who never doubts will never truly believe.

--Hermann Hesse

photo of pine tree

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

--Hermann Hesse


None

Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish.

--Hermann Hesse

Arizona landscape rocks

All the girls I had ever loved were mine. Each gave me what she alone had to give and to each I gave what she alone knew how to take.

--Hermann Hesse

white clouds and blue sky

Whither will my path yet lead me? This path is stupid, it goes in spirals, perhaps in circles, but whichever way it goes, I will follow it.

--Hermann Hesse

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

I had often observed the sparkle in the eye of those who told me of it and I had always treated it with a half-superior, half-envious smile.

--Hermann Hesse

silver round analog wall clock

In fear I hurried this way and that. I had the taste of blood and chocolate in my mouth, the one as hateful as the other.

--Hermann Hesse

city lights from hill

Never is a man wholly a saint or a sinner.

--Hermann Hesse

red rose

I still believed firmly in chance at that time.

--Hermann Hesse

yellow and black striped background

If a man does not think too much, he rejoices at rising in the morning, and at eating and drinking. He finds satisfaction in them and does not want them to be otherwise.

--Hermann Hesse

body of water under blue sky during daytime

In the beginning was the myth. 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.

--Hermann Hesse


blue and white striped textile

So you can't dance? Not at all? Not even one step? How can you say that you've taken any trouble to live when you won't even dance?

--Hermann Hesse



Bright orange to dark red gradient

And as far as talent is concerned, there will be such an excess that our artists will become their own audiences, and audiences made up of ordinary people will no longer exist.

--Hermann Hesse

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

To die is to go into the Collective Unconscious, to lose oneself in order to be transformed into form, pure form.

--Hermann Hesse

purple textile in close up photography

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

person holding gray leaf

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

--Hermann Hesse

five children sitting on bench front of trees

I can think. I can wait. I can fast.

--Hermann Hesse

white and blue building under clear sky

I already thought on that first evening of our meeting how glorious it would be to spend one's whole life regarded by those beautiful, candid eyes, and how it would then be impossible ever to think or do ill.

--Hermann Hesse


black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

The highest art... sets down its creations and trusts in their magic, without fear of not being understood.

--Hermann Hesse


pink and white light illustration

The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God's name is Abraxas.

--Hermann Hesse

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

You know that soft is stronger than hard, water stronger than rocks, love stronger than force.

--Hermann Hesse

person sleeping on gray gang chair

You must find your dream...but no dream lasts forever, each dream is followed by another, and one should not cling to any particular dream.

--Hermann Hesse

men running toward beach

Fortunately, like most children, I had learned what is most valuable, most indispensable for life before school years began, taught by apple trees, by rain and sun, river and woods.

--Hermann Hesse

person sitting on black surface looking to sky

Good that you ask -- you should always ask, always have doubts.

--Hermann Hesse


white desk lamp beside green plant

You're quite right there," he said. "I have practiced abstinence myself for years, and had my time of fasting, too, but now I find myself once more beneath the sign of Aquarius, a dark and humid constellation.

--Hermann Hesse

pink and green flower painting

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening.

--Hermann Hesse

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