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Herman Hesse Quotes and Sayings

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When trying to remember my share in the glow of the eternal present,
in the smile of God, I return to my childhood,
too, for that is where the most significant discoveries turn up.
- Herman Hesse

In Germany I have been acknowledged again since the fall of Hitler,
but my works, partly suppressed by the Nazis and partly destroyed by the war;
have not yet been republished there.
- Herman Hesse

The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful
revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy
to blossom into religion.
- Herman Hesse

If time is not real, then the dividing line between this world and eternity,
between suffering and bliss, between good and evil,
is also an illusion.
- Herman Hesse

 

The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection.
No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.
- Herman Hesse

Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul,
a capacity, a secret art of thinking,
feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.
- Herman Hesse

Writing is good, thinking is better.
Cleverness is good, patience is better.
- Herman Hesse

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Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means:
to be free,
to be receptive, to have no goal.
- Herman Hesse

Love of God is not always the same as love of good.
- Herman Hesse

I was out of my bed in one second, trembling with excitement,
and I dashed to the door and into the adjoining room,
where I could watch the streets below from the windows.
- Herman Hesse

But your questions, which are unanswerable without exception,
all spring from the same erroneous thinking.
- Herman Hesse

It is not Kafka's fault that his wonderful writings
have lately turned into a fad,
and are read by people who have neither the ability
nor the desire to absorb literature.
- Herman Hesse

For me, however, that beloved, glowing little word
happiness has become associated with everything I have
felt since childhood upon hearing the sound of the word itself.
- Herman Hesse

It was still quiet in the house, and not a sound was heard from outside,
either.
Were it not for this silence, my reverie would probably
have been disrupted by reminders of daily duties,
of getting up and going to school.
- Herman Hesse

It was as if all of the happiness, all of the magic
of this blissful hour had flowed together into these stirring,
bittersweet tones and flowed away, becoming temporal
and transitory once more.
- Herman Hesse

This happiness consisted of nothing else but the harmony
of the few things around me with my own existence,
a feeling of contentment and well-being that needed
no changes and no intensification.
- Herman Hesse

It was morning; through the high window I saw the pure,
bright blue of the sky as it hovered cheerfully over
the long roofs of the neighboring houses.
It too seemed full of joy, as if it had special plans,
and had put on its finest clothes for the occasion.
- Herman Hesse

Among the letters my readers write me,
there is a certain category which is continuously growing,
and which I see as a symptom of the increasing intellectualization
of the relationship between readers and literature.
- Herman Hesse

Until 1914 I loved to travel; I often went to Italy
and once spent a few months in India.
Since then I have almost entirely abandoned travelling,
and I have not been outside of Switzerland for over ten years.
- Herman Hesse

Nevertheless, whether in occurrences lasting days,
hours or mere minutes at a time, I have experienced happiness often,
and have had brief encounters with it in my later years,
even in old age.
- Herman Hesse

To be yourself in a world that
is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
- Saint Bartholomew

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

Real love is accepting other people the way they are
without trying to change them.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
- J. Krishnamurti

You can make more friends in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

How could youths better learn to live
than by at once trying the experiment of living?
- Henry David Thoreau

How far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower PHOTO

You can close more business in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

The trouble with having an open mind, of course,
is that people will insist on coming along
and trying to put things in it.
- Terry Pratchett

The fastest way to destroy love
is to make a goal out of it,
because people who are trying to be loved
come from a place that they're not loved.
- Werner Erhard

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs
and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
- Abraham Lincoln

The greatest roadblock to a great relationship
is trying to force a partner to change through bribes or threats.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Spirit is always waiting to rush into us,
but we are too full of worldly things.
It is like trying to pour fine wine into a cup filled with mud -
the wine is waiting, but the mud must be removed first.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Meddling:
Everything that happens in the world, or doesn't happen,
is NOT my responsibility.
There are more than enough things that are my responsibility.
I am responsible for my thoughts, my beliefs, and my actions -
and that is enough.
It does not serve me to mind anyone else's business.
I can only make myself unhappy by trying to second guess
what anyone else thinks or does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed,
but nature does not depend on us.
We are not the only experiment.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like
trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.
- Joe Adcock

There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't help people in your poems.
I've been trying to help people all my life -
that's my trouble.
- Charles Olson

Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
- Thomas A. Edison

Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that
must be followed to become an expert in anything.
- W. Clement Stone

O man you are busy working for the world,
and the world is busy trying to turn you out.
- Abu Bakr

Doing linear scans over an associative array is like
trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi.
- Larry Wall

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

Trying to force creativity is never good.
- Sarah McLachlan

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man
looking through a keyhole,
the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying
to get back to where it was.
- Toni Morrison

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan
trying to play the violin.
- Honore de Balzac

Adolescents are not monsters.
They are just people trying to learn how to make it
among the adults in the world,
who are probably not so sure themselves.
- Virginia Satir

The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if
the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.
- Cullen Hightower

Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood,
the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become.
- Coretta Scott King

I intend to live forever, or die trying.
- Groucho Marx

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health
of the body is that it is so difficult to do without
destroying the health of the mind.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

There is no use whatsoever trying to help
people who do not help themselves.
You cannot push anyone up a ladder
unless he is willing to climb himself.
- Andrew Carnegie

I'm exhausted trying to stay healthy.
- Steve Yzerman

It's a never ending battle of making your cars better
and also trying to be better yourself.
- Dale Earnhardt

The church is always trying to get other people to reform;
it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little,
by way of example.
- Mark Twain

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

What is the use of physicians like myself trying to
help parents to bring up children healthy and happy,
to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?
- Benjamin Spock

When one is trying to do something beyond his known
powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends.
Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.
- Henry Miller

I spent 20 years of my life building up Queen,
and now I'm spending years of my life trying to get away from it.
- Brian May

They are representations of many shared hours of collaboration between us all.
That's the real nature of the relationship the orchestra
and I are trying to build.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many
things at once is appalling.
- Orison Swett Marden

We're all Americans trying to compete.
Magic was competing for his team and Larry for his team.
- Oscar Robertson

Yeah; I'm a much better blues player than anybody knows,
but being in the kind of group I'm in,
we were always trying to make popular records.
- Stephen Stills

I must have been 3 years old or less,
and I remember paging through these comics,
trying to figure out the stories.
I couldn't read the words, so I made up my own stories.
- Daniel Clowes

I was surrounded by nature and trying to come to terms
with this blissful nature versus the inhumane mentality of war.
People were being deluded by someone using the word peace.
- Thurston Moore

Wearing a turtleneck is like being strangled by a really weak guy,
all day.
Wearing a backpack and a turtleneck is like a weak
midget trying to bring you down.
- Mitch Hedberg

I was very concerned that President Bush is still trying
to frighten or scare the American people with respect
to the condition of the Social Security system.
- Paul Sarbanes


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