Hermann Hesse Quotes

Most popular Hermann Hesse Quotes

Only the ideas that we actually live are of any value.
— Hermann Hesse

principles

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
— Hermann Hesse
When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
— Hermann Hesse

insanity

Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.
— Hermann Hesse

communication

Loneliness is the way by which destiny endeavors to lead man to himself.

loneliness destiny

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
— Hermann Hesse
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
— Hermann Hesse
Courage has need of reason, but it is not reason's child; it springs from deeper strata.

courage

Words are really a mask. They rarely express the true meaning, in fact, they tend to hide it.
— Hermann Hesse
The highest art...sets down its creations and trusts in their magic, without fear of not being understood.

art

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.
— Hermann Hesse

human nature hate

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.

hate

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is a part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
— Hermann Hesse
To be able to throw oneself away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman's smile - that is happiness.
— Hermann Hesse

priorities

To be able to throw oneself away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman's smile-- that is happiness.
— Hermann Hesse

happiness

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.

wisdom knowledge and ignorance

The slowly awakening sense of my own sexuality overcame me, as it does every person, like an enemy and terrorist, as something forbidden, tempting, and sinful.
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.
— Hermann Hesse

insight

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.
— Hermann Hesse

death

I believe that the struggle against death, the unconditional and self-willed determination to live is the motive power behind the lives and activities of all outstanding men.

determination

You must find your dream, then the way becomes easy.  But there is no dream that lasts forever, each dream is followed by another, and one should not cling to any particular one.

dreams

When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something that lasts longer than we do.

artists thinking death

There's no reality except the one contained within us. That's why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.
— Hermann Hesse

reality

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.