Hermann Hesse Quotes

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.
If I know what love is, it is because of you.
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.
To die is to go into the Collective Unconscious, to lose oneself in order to be transformed into form, pure form.
Love of God is not always the same as love of good.
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
It is not our purpose to become each other it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.
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.
...each of us has to find out for himself what is permitted and what is forbidden - forbidden for him. It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard. And vice versa. Actually it's only a question of convenience. Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them things are forbidden to them that every honorable man will do any day in the year and other things are allowed to them that are generally despised. Each person must stand on his own feet.
Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.
You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation...and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else.
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
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