"Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Hermann Hesse on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Hermann Hesse on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Hermann Hesse on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Hermann Hesse on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Hermann Hesse on Ernest Hemingway
"As a body everyone is single, as a soul never."
"People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest."
"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."
"To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning."
"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."