All Quotations / Quotations from Hermann Hesse
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.
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 I know what love is, it is because of you.
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.
Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it.
Love of God is not always the same as love of good.
Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.
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.
The best weapons against the infamies of life are courage, wilfulness and patience. Courage strenthens, wilfulness is fun and patience provides tranquility.
The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.
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 them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.
To die is to go into the Collective Unconscious, to lose oneself in order to be transformed into form, pure form.
When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a 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 else.