Quotes by Hermann Hesse
- As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.
- 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.
- 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 not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
- One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.
- People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
- Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go.
- 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.
- The truth is lived, not taught.
- 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.
- 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.
- To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.
- 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.
- Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.