Hermann Karl Hesse (1877 - 1962) was an important writer, poet, novelist and painter of German origin. His best known works are Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha Y The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores the search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality of an individual. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
He wrote more than forty volumes between novels, stories, poems and meditations, of which more than 30 million copies have been sold. Until the centenary of his birth, more than 200 doctoral theses, about 5000 articles and 50 books about his life had been written. By then, he was also the most widely read European in the United States and Japan, and his books have been translated into more than 40 languages, not counting Hindu dialects.
Don't miss here his best inspirational phrases about life, truth and spirituality.
Famous quotes from Hermann Hesse
The soft is stronger than the hard, the water is stronger than the rock, love is stronger than violence.
Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retire at any time and be yourself.
Some of us think that holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go of what strengthens us.
Happiness is love, not anything else. He who knows how to love is happy.
What could I tell you that would be of value, except that maybe you look too much, that as a result of your search you cannot find?
As a body, everyone is single; As a soul, never.
The truth is lived, not taught.
You have to try the impossible to achieve the possible.
Our mind is able to pass beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites in which the world consists, other new perceptions begin.
Theory is knowledge that does not work. The practice is when everything works and you don't know why.
Each experience has its magic element.
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 courage, indifference, all contempt is nothing but killing.
There is no reality except that contained within us. That is why many people live an unreal life. They confuse the outer images for reality and never allow the world within them to assert themselves.
It is possible for one to never transgress a law and remain a bastard.
Wisdom is nothing more than a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity in every moment of life.
The bird struggles to get out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who is going to be born must destroy a world.
Reality and meaning were not hidden somewhere behind things, they were in them, in all of them.
It is not our purpose to become our neighbor, it is to recognize each other, learn to see each other and honor him for what he is.
Maybe people like us can't love. Ordinary people can, that is their secret.
Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves, need and cry out for a leader.
It is often the most deserved people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.
One never comes home, but where friendly roads cross the entire world seems home for a while.
Eternity is just a moment, which is enough for us to tell a joke.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to others.
All men are prepared to achieve the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
I have always believed, and I still believe, that any good or bad fortune that comes to us can always make sense and transform it into something of value.
I live in my dreams, that's what you feel. Other people live in dreams, but not in theirs. That is the difference.
You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never given up on themselves.
Writing is good, thinking is better. Intelligence is good, patience is better.
The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer yes, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.
Beauty does not bring happiness to those who own it, but to those who love and admire it.
The life of each man represents a path to himself.
Do not say of any feeling that is small or unworthy. We do not live on anything other than our poor, beautiful and magnificent feelings, and each of them against whom we commit an injustice is a star that we put out.
Again and again he clings to the things he has taken care of and thinks that it's about fidelity, but it's just laziness.
Youth ends when selfishness does. Maturity begins when one lives for others.
The life of each man is a path to himself, the rehearsal of a route, the sketch of a path.
The practice should be a product of reflection, not the other way around.
When someone is feared it is because that someone has been granted power over us.
Making bad verses brings more happiness than reading the most beautiful verses.
When we look for someone, we look in our environment for something that is within everyone.
When we hate someone, we hate in their image something that is within us.
Only within you exists that other reality that you long for.
Love for God is not always the same as love for good.
Only the ideas we really live have value.
I just wanted to try to live what tended to sprout spontaneously from me, why would it be so difficult for me?
Love your suffering. Don't resist, don't run from him. It is only your aversion to that that hurts, nothing more.
Soledad is the same as independence, he had wanted and conquered it over the course of long years. It was cold, oh yes! But also still, wonderfully still and large like the cold and silent space in which the stars revolve.
The true profession of a man is to find his way to himself.
When you like someone, you like it despite its failures. When you love someone, you love him with his faults.
Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of nonsense, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.
You are willing to die, coward, but not to live.
Madness, in a higher sense, is the beginning of all wisdom.
Studying history means submitting to chaos and at the same time preserving faith in order and meaning.
You have to learn to laugh, to achieve superior humor, stop taking yourself too seriously first.
Divinity is in you, not in concepts or books.
The bourgeois prefer comfort to pleasure, convenience to freedom and a pleasant temperature to the mortal and consuming inner fire.
What you call passion is not spiritual force, but friction between the soul and the outside world.
The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth.
When it comes to a madman, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
For the first time in my life I tried death and death made me bitter, because death is birth, it is fear and fear of a terrible renewal.
I have been a man who seeks and still is, but I no longer look in the stars and books, but in the teachings of my blood.