Quotations From HERMANN HESSE


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  • You treat world history as a mathematician does mathematics, in which nothing but laws and formulas exist, no reality, no good and evil, no time, no yesterday, no tomorrow, nothing but an eternal, shallow, mathematical present.
    Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. Father Jacobus, in The Glass Bead Game, ch. 4 (1943, trans. 1960).

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  • To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. It is a very serious task, young man, and possibly a tragic one.
    Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. Father Jacobus, in The Glass Bead Game, ch. 4 (1943, trans. 1960).

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  • 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 (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. "For Madmen Only," Steppenwolf (1927).
  • In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.
    Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. Narrator (Sinclair), in Demian, prologue (1960).
  • 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 (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. Letter, 1950. "Montagnola," Hermann Hesse: A Pictorial Biography, ed. Volker Michels (1973).

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  • I am fond of music I think because it is so amoral. Everything else is moral and I am after something that isn't. I have always found moralizing intolerable.
    Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. Sinclair, in Demian, ch. 5 (1960).

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  • In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.
    Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. Sinclair, in Demian, prologue (1960). Sinclair is the narrator.
  • One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.
    Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. Frau Eva, in Demian, ch. 5 (1960).

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  • 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 (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. The narrator (Sinclair), in Demian, prologue (1960).

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