Herman Hesse Quotes

Herman Hesse

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History seems to us an arena of instincts and fashions, of appetite, avarice, and craving for power, of blood lust, violence, destruction, and wars, of ambitious ministers, venal generals, bombarded cities, and we too easily forget that this is only one of its many aspects.

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When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.

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Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.

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People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.

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Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.

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The best weapons against the infamies of life are courage, wilfulness and patience. Courage strenthens, wilfulness is fun and patience provides tranquility.

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If I know what love is, it is because of you.

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Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.

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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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The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.

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Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it.

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