Hermann Hesse
Calw, Württemberg

Quotes

11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.
11 November 2014
In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
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.

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