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German-born Swiss poet, Birth: 2-7-1877, Death: 9-8-1962 Hermann Hesse Quotes
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I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I'm beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn't pleasant, it's not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.
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To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.
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Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself
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Within you lies a tranquil haven that can be accessed anytime to find serenity and solace.
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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.
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I have consistently maintained, and I still maintain, that regardless of the good or bad luck we experience, we can always imbue it with purpose and transmute it into something of worth.
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If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
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'If you loathe an individual, you loathe something in them that is a portion of yourself. That which does not belong to us does not distress us.'
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Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
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'Retaining can give us power; however, occasionally relinquishing is the wiser choice.'
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When you like someone, you like them in spite of their faults. When you love someone, you love them with their faults.
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When you are fond of someone, you accept them despite their flaws. When you adore someone, you embrace them with all their imperfections.
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There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.
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The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world. The bird flies to God. The God's name is Abraxas.
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The avian struggles against its prison. The egg symbolizes the limits of reality. Whoever desires to be liberated must first shatter their confinement. The bird ascends toward Divinity. Abraxas is the appellation of this Supreme Being.
10.
I live in my dreams — that's what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That's the difference.
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I exist in my fantasies - that's what you perceive. Others may fantasize, but not in their own imaginings. That is the disparity.
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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.
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Understanding can be imparted, but not insight. One can discover it, experience it, be strengthened by it, achieve marvels through it, yet one cannot pass on and educate it.
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I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.
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I have been a searcher, and continue to be, but I no longer search the heavens or literature; rather, I am now attuned to the guidance emanating from my innermost being.
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Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.
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Whoever desires harmony instead of clamor, delight instead of gratification, spirit instead of wealth, imaginative labor instead of commerce, ardor instead of silliness, finds no refuge in this mundane world.
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You have to try the impossible to achieve the possible
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Strive for the improbable to realize the achievable.
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We kill at every step, not only in wars, riots and executions. We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, suffering and shame.In the same way all disrespect for life, all hard-heartedness,all indifference, all contempt is nothing else than killing.
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Every experience has its element of magic.
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Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?" That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.
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You must find your dream...but no dream lasts forever, each dream is followed by another, and one should not cling to any particular dream.
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I wanted only to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self. Why was that so very difficult?
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I do not consider myself less ignorant than most people. I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books. I have begun to listen to the teachings my blood whispers to me. My story is not a pleasant one; it is neither sweet nor harmonious, as invented stories are; it has the taste of nonsense and chaos, of madness and dreams -- like the lives of all men who stop deceiving themselves.
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Love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is only your aversion to it that hurts, nothing else.
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You are only afriad if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves. A whole society composed of men afraid of the unknown within them!
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Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.
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I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us.
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People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.
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There is no reality except the one contained within us.
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God does not send us despair in order to kill us; he sends it in order to awaken us to new life.
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A tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me!... Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.
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Most men will not swim before they are able to.' Is not that witty? Naturally, they won't swim! They are born for the solid earth, not for the water. And naturally they won't think. They are made for life, not for thought. Yes, and he who thinks, what's more, he who makes thought his business, he may go far in it, but he has bartered the solid earth for the water all the same, and one day he will drown.
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If I know what love is, it is because of you.
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32.
The truth is lived, not taught.
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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.
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Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again. That is why every man's story is important, eternal, sacred; that is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous, and worthy of consideration. In each individual the spirit has become flesh, in each man the creation suffers, within each one a redeemer is nailed to the cross.
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People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. It was a scandal that a breed of fearless and sinister people ran around freely, so they attached a nickname and a myth to these people to get even with them, to make up for the many times they had felt afraid.
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A home isn't just a roof over our heads. A home is a place where we feel loved and where we love others. It's a place we belong. Love is what makes a home, not the contents inside the house or the number on the door. It's the people waiting for us across the threshold, the people who will take us in their arms after a ad day and kiss us good night and good morning everyday for the rest of our lives.
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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.
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I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself.
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When the suffering becomes acute enough, one goes forward.
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Happiness is love, nothing else. A man who is capable of love is happy.
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Gaze into the fire, into the clouds, and as soon as the inner voices begin to speak... surrender to them. Don't ask first whether it's permitted, or would please your teachers or father or some god. You will ruin yourself if you do that.
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The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.
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. . . gentleness is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force.
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It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.
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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.
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You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves.
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You must find your dream, then the way becomes easy.
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As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.
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But of all the water's secrets, he saw today only a single one-one that struck his soul. He saw that this water flowed and flowed, it was constantly flowing, and yet it was always there; it was always eternally the same and yet new at every moment! Oh, to be able to grasp this, to understand this!
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Within us there is someone who knows everything, wills everything, does everything better than we ourselves.
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