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  • He saw mankind going through life in a childlike manner... which he loved but also despised.... He saw them toiling, saw them suffering, and becoming gray for the sake of things which seemed to him to be entirely unworthy of this price, for money, for little pleasures, for being slightly honoured....
    (Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha")

  • One must find the source within one's own Self, one must possess it. Everything else was seeking -- a detour, an error.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha")

  • Whither will my path yet lead me? This path is stupid, it goes in spirals, perhaps in circles, but whichever way it goes, I will follow it.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha")

  • If I were wise, I shouldn't tell you. But I won't be wise, Harry, not for this time. I'll be just the opposite. So now mind what I say! You will hear it and forget it again. You will laugh over it, and you will weep over it. So look out! I am going to play with you for life and death, little brother, and before we begin the game I'm going to lay my cards on the table.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Steppenwolf")

  • You are willing to die, you coward, but not to live.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Steppenwolf")


  • He saw merchants trading, princes hunting, mourners wailing for their dead, whores offering themselves, physicians trying to help the sick, priests determining the most suitable day for seeding, lovers loving, mothers nursing their children-and all of this was not worthy of one look from his eye, it all lied, it all stank, it all stank of lies, it all pretended to be meaningful and joyful and beautiful, and it all was just concealed putrefaction. The world tasted bitter. Life was torture
    (Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha")

  • Opinions mean nothing; they may be beautiful or ugly, clever or foolish, anyone can embrace or reject them.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha")

  • With a secret smile, not unlike that of a healthy child,he walked along, peacefully, quietly. He wore his gown and walked along exactly like the other monks, but his face and his step, his peaceful downward glance, his peaceful downward-hanging hand, and every finger of his hand spoke of peace, spoke of completeness, sought nothing, imitated nothing, reflected a continuous quiet, an unfading light, an invulnerable peace.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha")

  • In eternity there is no time, only an instant long enough for a joke.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Steppenwolf")

  • You learned people and artists have, no doubt, all sorts of superior things in your heads; but you're human beings like the rest of us, and we, too, have our dreams and fancies.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Steppenwolf")

  • I called the world of phenomena an illusion, I called my eyes and my tongue and accident, valueless phenomena. No, that is all over; I have awakened, I have really awakened and have just been born today.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha")

  • Siddhartha considered his circumstances. Thinking did not come easily to him. He didn't really feel like it, but he forced himself.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha")

  • You show the world as a complete, unbroken chain, an eternal chain, linked together by cause and effect.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha")

  • In fear I hurried this way and that. I had the taste of blood and chocolate in my mouth, the one as hateful as the other.
    (Hermann Hesse, "Steppenwolf")

  • Every important cultural gesture comes down to a morality, a model for human behavior concentrated into a gesture.
    (Hermann Hesse, "The Glass Bead Game")


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