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Philosophy

Most
peopleDefinition of people: A generalizing concept for human beings or persons. Typically one means ones own countrymen, or the people in ones own respective environment.
do not want to swim until they can do it. Isn't that funny? Of course they do not want to swim! They were born for the ground, not for the water. And of course they do not want to
thinkDefinition of mind: The ability to think, so instead of just concrete objects, to spiritually consider abstract principles.
; they are made for living, not for
thoughtDefinition of mind: The ability to think, so instead of just concrete objects, to spiritually consider abstract principles.
!



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

But logic, justice, and all these seemingly regular and impeccable
thingsDefinition of thing: All, that confronts the subject, as a recognising ego, as perceptable content in the external world.
are inventions of
menDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
, and do not occur in
natureDefinition of nature: That which was not created by man. Also: the essence of a thing.
.



Hermann Hesse

Character

PeopleDefinition of people: A generalizing concept for human beings or persons. Typically one means ones own countrymen, or the people in ones own respective environment.
with courage and character always seem very sinister to other people.



Hermann Hesse

Happiness

But if you first need the permission of other
peopleDefinition of people: A generalizing concept for human beings or persons. Typically one means ones own countrymen, or the people in ones own respective environment.
for your pleasure, then you really are a poor wretch.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Differently he now looked upon the
peopleDefinition of people: A generalizing concept for human beings or persons. Typically one means ones own countrymen, or the people in ones own respective environment.
than before, less prudent, less proud, instead warmer, instead more curious, more involved.



Hermann Hesse

Love

On a short night walk before going to bed I saw stars mirrored in the rain puddles, saw in the night wind on the shore of the violently rushing river a few extraordinarily beautiful old trees. They would still be beautiful tomorrow, but at this moment they had the magical, non-recurring beauty that comes from our soul and only then is lit in us, according to the Greeks, when Eros has looked upon us.



Hermann Hesse

Love

The
bestDefinition of good: A relative term for the things, states, activities and attitudes that are conducive to human life.
part, however, was not the kissing and not the nightly promenading together and
beingDefinition of existence: The universal presence of a physical or spiritual thing or entity. It is the cause of everything else and is at the basis of everything else.
secretive. The best thing was the strength, that flowed to me from this
loveDefinition of love: The most powerful form of affection and appreciation that a being can bring towards another being, or a thing.
, the cheerful strength, to
liveDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
, to fight, to go through fire and water for her. Be able to throw away oneself for a moment, to sacrifice years for the smile of a
womanDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
, this is happiness.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

The
thinkingDefinition of mind: The ability to think, so instead of just concrete objects, to spiritually consider abstract principles.
and contemplating has no value, and one anyway does not do, as one thinks, but does each step actually quite inconsiderate, as the heart just wants.



Hermann Hesse

Character

The goal is this: always place myself where I can serve
bestDefinition of good: A relative term for the things, states, activities and attitudes that are conducive to human life.
, where my way to be, my qualities and gifts find the best soil, the largest field of activity. There is no other aim.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

What is actually true and how
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
is really set up, this each one must figure out oneself and cannot learn it from any book.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

That a
manDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
be able to all of his
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
forever and ever worship the
mindDefinition of mind: The ability to think, so instead of just concrete objects, to spiritually consider abstract principles.
and despise the
natureDefinition of nature: That which was not created by man. Also: the essence of a thing.
, always be revolutionary and never conservative or vice versa, that seems indeed very virtuous, full of character and steadfast to me, but it also seems equally fatal, disgusting and crazy, as if one wanted to eat forever or just sleep forever.



Hermann Hesse

Health

A look into the starry sky and an ear full of music before going to bed, that's
betterDefinition of good: A relative term for the things, states, activities and attitudes that are conducive to human life.
than all your sleeping pills.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

ManDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
is not capable of
thinkingDefinition of mind: The ability to think, so instead of just concrete objects, to spiritually consider abstract principles.
very much and even the most spiritual and educated person sees the
worldDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
and himself to constantly through the lens of very naive, simplistic and deceiving formulas - but most of all himself!



Hermann Hesse

Society

ManDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
, as
natureDefinition of nature: That which was not created by man. Also: the essence of a thing.
creates him, is something unpredictable, untransparent and hostile. He is an in-breaking stream from an
unknownDefinition of knowledge: Secured insight is considered knowledge. An insight can never be considered absolutely secured, but only as beyond reasonable doubt.
mountain and is a jungle without path and order. And like a jungle must be cleared and cleaned and forcibly restricted, school must break the
naturalDefinition of nature: That which was not created by man. Also: the essence of a thing.
man, defeat and restrict him with violence.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

The
deityDefinition of God: With God, goddess or deity is meant a supernatural being, to whom special worship is given. Special qualities are attributed to this being, for example, to be the origin or creator of the universe and of all living beings. Even omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence are often attributed to it.
is within you, not in the terms and books. The
truthDefinition of truth: Accordance with the reality resp. a fact. The accuracy of the reflection of reality is meant with the notion of truth.
is
livedDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
, not lectured.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

GodDefinition of God: With God, goddess or deity is meant a supernatural being, to whom special worship is given. Special qualities are attributed to this being, for example, to be the origin or creator of the universe and of all living beings. Even omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence are often attributed to it.
sends us despair not to kill us, he sends it to us to awaken new
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
in us.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

To figure the
worldDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
out, to explain it, to despise it, may be the great thinkers business. But I am only interested in
beingDefinition of existence: The universal presence of a physical or spiritual thing or entity. It is the cause of everything else and is at the basis of everything else.
able to
loveDefinition of love: The most powerful form of affection and appreciation that a being can bring towards another being, or a thing.
the world, not to despise it, not to hate it and myself, to be able to contemplate myself and all beings with love and admiration and awe.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Most
peopleDefinition of people: A generalizing concept for human beings or persons. Typically one means ones own countrymen, or the people in ones own respective environment.
are like a falling leaf that waves and turns through the air, and sways and tumbles to the ground. But others, a few, are like stars that follow a stable track, no wind reaches them, in themselves they have their law and their course.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Every
manDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
has his soul, he can not mix with any other. Two
peopleDefinition of people: A generalizing concept for human beings or persons. Typically one means ones own countrymen, or the people in ones own respective environment.
can go to each other, they can talk to each other and be close to each other. But their souls are like flowers, each one rooted to its spot, and neither can get to the other one, otherwise they would have to leave their roots, and that is just what it can not do. The flowers send out their fragrance and its seeds, because they would like to come to each other. But that a seed comes to its right place, to that end, the flower can not do anything, that is done by the wind, and that one comes and goes forth, how and where it wants.



Hermann Hesse

Health

A sleepless night is always an annoying
thingDefinition of thing: All, that confronts the subject, as a recognising ego, as perceptable content in the external world.
. But it is bearable, if you have
goodDefinition of good: A relative term for the things, states, activities and attitudes that are conducive to human life.
thoughtsDefinition of mind: The ability to think, so instead of just concrete objects, to spiritually consider abstract principles.
. If one lies there and is not sleeping, one is easily annoyed and thinks of annoying things. But you may also use your will and think about something good.



Hermann Hesse

Society

Solitude is independence, I had wished for it and gained it in many years. It was cold, oh yes, but it was also quiet, wonderfully quiet and large as the cold quiet
spaceDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
in which the stars turn.



Hermann Hesse

Character

He had learned a lot of what
peopleDefinition of people: A generalizing concept for human beings or persons. Typically one means ones own countrymen, or the people in ones own respective environment.
with a
goodDefinition of good: A relative term for the things, states, activities and attitudes that are conducive to human life.
mindDefinition of mind: The ability to think, so instead of just concrete objects, to spiritually consider abstract principles.
can learn, and he was a quite smart
manDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
. But what he had not learned was this: to be content with himself and his
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
. This he could not, he was a discontented man.



Hermann Hesse

Character

He saw himself as a personality, like everyone else, while he only was a specimen, and saw in himself, in his destination, the centre of the
worldDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
, as everyone does.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

He also suddenly recognized, that his little destiny was nothing special and no cruel exception, but that over those, he had seen as happy ones, inescapably the destiny holds sway.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

There was no, no, no duty for awakened
peopleDefinition of people: A generalizing concept for human beings or persons. Typically one means ones own countrymen, or the people in ones own respective environment.
, but that one: to seek oneself, to become fixed in oneself, to grope forward ones own way, no matter where it led.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

There are a thousand ways for each one, a thousand possibilities of birth, of transformation, of return.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

No one marries to get children, but when he gets children, then they change him, and finally he sees, that still everything happened just for them.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

It is
goodDefinition of good: A relative term for the things, states, activities and attitudes that are conducive to human life.
to taste everything yourself, what you need to
knowDefinition of knowledge: Secured insight is considered knowledge. An insight can never be considered absolutely secured, but only as beyond reasonable doubt.
.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

It was even more the distance and silence of a
worldDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
, in which his sufferings, sorrows, struggles and sacrifices had to become strange and distant and pale, where hundreds of small daily burdens fall of the soul and a new, still pure, innocent atmosphere without suffering would accommodate him.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Nothing to be pitied, that was over. To be pitied was the now and today, all those countless
hoursDefinition of time: General term for the experienced changes in our environment and ourselves. It can be gauged by the magnitude of the change.
and
daysDefinition of time: General term for the experienced changes in our environment and ourselves. It can be gauged by the magnitude of the change.
that were lost, which I was only suffering, which did not bring gifts nor commotions. But thank
GodDefinition of God: With God, goddess or deity is meant a supernatural being, to whom special worship is given. Special qualities are attributed to this being, for example, to be the origin or creator of the universe and of all living beings. Even omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence are often attributed to it.
, there were exceptions, there were sometimes, rarely, also different hours, which brought commotion, brought gifts, knocked down walls and brought me, a confused being, back to the living heart of the
worldDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
.



Hermann Hesse

Sexuality

It had been only brief and isolated glances of a spectator, the young peasant had cast into the land of
loveDefinition of love: The most powerful form of affection and appreciation that a being can bring towards another being, or a thing.
, but they had been sufficient to make
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
seem sad and worthless without the consolation of the love of a
womanDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

But that's just it,
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
, if it is beautiful and happy, is a game! Of course you can also make all kinds of other
thingsDefinition of thing: All, that confronts the subject, as a recognising ego, as perceptable content in the external world.
of it, a duty or a war or a prison, but it does not become anything more beautiful that way.



Hermann Hesse

Friendship

At home one never gets. But where friendly ways merge, the whole
worldDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
looks like home for an
hourDefinition of time: General term for the experienced changes in our environment and ourselves. It can be gauged by the magnitude of the change.
.



Hermann Hesse

Happiness

I had my
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
as it suited me, and I did not want for
freedomDefinition of freedom: The possibility of a person to decide, unaffected from outside, within the limits of one's own possibilities and respect for the rights of others.
and beauty, but I always remained alone.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

After the necessary doubts and vacillations, I had given in to a
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
affirming philosophy and after various hard
experiencesDefinition of experiences: The amount of experiences that a person had in his life have, as well as in the wider sense the related conclusions thus.
, as it seemed to me, obtained a calm and rational view of
thingsDefinition of thing: All, that confronts the subject, as a recognising ego, as perceptable content in the external world.
.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

I had been too
moralDefinition of moral: Guiding principles or generally accepted societal value judgments.
, too reasonable, all too bourgeois! An old, eternal mistake I've committed and bitterly regretted a hundred
timesDefinition of time: General term for the experienced changes in our environment and ourselves. It can be gauged by the magnitude of the change.
, once again happened to me. I wanted to adapt to a standard, wanted to meet requirements, that no one asked of me, I wanted to be or act something, that I wasn't at all. And so it had once again happened to me, that I had raped myself and the whole
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
.



Hermann Hesse

Love

I do not
knowDefinition of knowledge: Secured insight is considered knowledge. An insight can never be considered absolutely secured, but only as beyond reasonable doubt.
if I can
loveDefinition of love: The most powerful form of affection and appreciation that a being can bring towards another being, or a thing.
at all. I can desire and can seek myself in other
peopleDefinition of people: A generalizing concept for human beings or persons. Typically one means ones own countrymen, or the people in ones own respective environment.
, listen for echo, demand a mirror, and all that can look like love.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

I do not
knowDefinition of knowledge: Secured insight is considered knowledge. An insight can never be considered absolutely secured, but only as beyond reasonable doubt.
if my
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
was useless and just a misunderstanding, or whether it has any meaning.



Hermann Hesse

Freedom

I wanted nothing more than to
liveDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
that, which wanted to come out of me by itself. Why was that so hard?



Hermann Hesse

Character

Her smile was of the true kind. It occurred less with the lips than with the eyes. The whole face, forehead and cheeks accompanied it heartily glistening, and it looked like a deep understanding and
lovingDefinition of love: The most powerful form of affection and appreciation that a being can bring towards another being, or a thing.
.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

In this
hourDefinition of time: General term for the experienced changes in our environment and ourselves. It can be gauged by the magnitude of the change.
, Siddhartha stopped fighting destiny, stopped suffering. On his face bloomed the joy of
knowledgeDefinition of knowledge: Secured insight is considered knowledge. An insight can never be considered absolutely secured, but only as beyond reasonable doubt.
, to which no volition
objectsDefinition of thing: All, that confronts the subject, as a recognising ego, as perceptable content in the external world.
, which
knowsDefinition of knowledge: Secured insight is considered knowledge. An insight can never be considered absolutely secured, but only as beyond reasonable doubt.
the consummation, which is consistent with the flow of events, full of compassion, full of co-pleasure, dedicated to flowing, belonging to the whole.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

As I marched along alone, it occurred to me that I basically made all my ways so lonely, and not only the walks, but all the steps of my
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
.



Hermann Hesse

Friendship

Yes, it was
betterDefinition of good: A relative term for the things, states, activities and attitudes that are conducive to human life.
to steer oneself and go to pieces by it, than to be always driven and controlled by someone else.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

Yes, one has to find ones dream, then the way becomes easy. But there is no everlasting dream, each one is superseded by a new one, and to none of them one may want to hold.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Every birth means separation from
universeDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
, means delimitation, separation from
GodDefinition of God: With God, goddess or deity is meant a supernatural being, to whom special worship is given. Special qualities are attributed to this being, for example, to be the origin or creator of the universe and of all living beings. Even omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence are often attributed to it.
, painful new becoming. Return to Space, dissolution of the painful individuation, becoming God means: to have ones soul extended, so that it is able to embrace the universe again.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Each of us is just a
humanDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
, just an attempt, an on-the-way. But he should be on the way to where perfection is, he should aspire to the centre, not to the periphery.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Clever are you, clever you
knowDefinition of knowledge: Secured insight is considered knowledge. An insight can never be considered absolutely secured, but only as beyond reasonable doubt.
to talk. Beware of too much cleverness!



Hermann Hesse

Love

You can beg
loveDefinition of love: The most powerful form of affection and appreciation that a being can bring towards another being, or a thing.
, buy it, get it as a gift, find it in the street, but what you can not do, is rob it.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

You need not be afraid of anyone. If you fear someone, it is because you have given to that person power over you.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

One only is afraid, when one is not in agreement with oneself.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

One can treat ones urges and so-called temptations with respect and
loveDefinition of love: The most powerful form of affection and appreciation that a being can bring towards another being, or a thing.
.



Hermann Hesse

Society

One could watch the
peopleDefinition of people: A generalizing concept for human beings or persons. Typically one means ones own countrymen, or the people in ones own respective environment.
in their stupidity, one could laugh at them or feel sorry for them, but one had to let them go their way.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

One should pay attention to everything, because one can construe everything.



Hermann Hesse

Love

Be my state as it may, I was overjoyed to
knowDefinition of knowledge: Secured insight is considered knowledge. An insight can never be considered absolutely secured, but only as beyond reasonable doubt.
that this
womanDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
is in the
worldDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
, to drink her voice and breathe her proximity.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

No, no teaching could a true seeker accept, one who truly wanted to find. But he who had found could endorse every, every teaching, any way, any goal, nothing separated him from all the thousands of others, who
livedDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
in the Eternal, who breathed the
divineDefinition of God: With God, goddess or deity is meant a supernatural being, to whom special worship is given. Special qualities are attributed to this being, for example, to be the origin or creator of the universe and of all living beings. Even omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence are often attributed to it.
.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

Is not my place to judge someone else's
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
! For myself I have to judge, I have to choose, I have to refuse.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Nothing in the
worldDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
abhors
manDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
more than going the way, that leads him to himself.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

Nothing is more dangerous and deadly to the soul, that constant occupation with ones own
beingDefinition of existence: The universal presence of a physical or spiritual thing or entity. It is the cause of everything else and is at the basis of everything else.
and condition, with ones own discontent and weakness.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

WellDefinition of good: A relative term for the things, states, activities and attitudes that are conducive to human life.
, everyone has his lot, and none is easy.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

Now, that a start is made, the
bestDefinition of good: A relative term for the things, states, activities and attitudes that are conducive to human life.
always follows by itself.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

Only the
thinkingDefinition of mind: The ability to think, so instead of just concrete objects, to spiritually consider abstract principles.
which we are living, has value.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Right as if to spell it out for him, his luck had placed that magnificent figure in his way, so that he may follow it. But nothing is more difficult than to bring
manDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
to his happiness.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

Writing is
goodDefinition of good: A relative term for the things, states, activities and attitudes that are conducive to human life.
,
thinkingDefinition of mind: The ability to think, so instead of just concrete objects, to spiritually consider abstract principles.
is
betterDefinition of good: A relative term for the things, states, activities and attitudes that are conducive to human life.
. Wisdom is good, patience is better.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Look at this cloud landscape with its sky stripes! At first glance, one would
thinkDefinition of mind: The ability to think, so instead of just concrete objects, to spiritually consider abstract principles.
that the depth is where it is darkest, but immediately one perceives that this darkness and softness are just the clouds and that
spaceDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
begins with its depth only at the edges and fjords of these clouds mountains and decreases at infinity, in which the stars stand, solemn and for us humans highest symbols of clarity and order. Not there is the depth of the
worldDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
and its mysteries, where the clouds and blackness are, the depth is in the clear and gay.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

If you watch a person precisely enough, then you
knowDefinition of knowledge: Secured insight is considered knowledge. An insight can never be considered absolutely secured, but only as beyond reasonable doubt.
more about him than he himself.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

Thus is it, when a person has collected his capability to
loveDefinition of love: The most powerful form of affection and appreciation that a being can bring towards another being, or a thing.
on a single
objectDefinition of thing: All, that confronts the subject, as a recognising ego, as perceptable content in the external world.
. With its loss everything collapses, and he stands poor between debris.



Hermann Hesse

Happiness

And also the unhappiest
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
has its sunshine
hoursDefinition of time: General term for the experienced changes in our environment and ourselves. It can be gauged by the magnitude of the change.
and little flowers of happiness between the sand and stone.



Hermann Hesse

Sexuality

A lot he learned from her red, wise mouth. A lot he learned from her tender, smooth hand. Him, who was still a little boy in
loveDefinition of love: The most powerful form of affection and appreciation that a being can bring towards another being, or a thing.
matters and tended to throw himself into lust, blindly and insatiably, like into the abysmal, she taught from scratch the doctrine that you can not take pleasure without giving pleasure, and that each gesture, every caress, every touch, every sight, every little part of the body has its secret, which to awaken gives bliss to the knowing.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

True about a story, is always only what the audience believes.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Was not all suffering
timeDefinition of time: General term for the experienced changes in our environment and ourselves. It can be gauged by the magnitude of the change.
, was not torturing oneself and
beingDefinition of existence: The universal presence of a physical or spiritual thing or entity. It is the cause of everything else and is at the basis of everything else.
afraid time, was not all the difficult, all the hostile in the
worldDefinition of universe: The totality of all existing things that can influence each other. Our physical universe consists of space, time, matter, and energy, where mass and energy can pass into one another, and time is an additional dimension. That is, in addition to the space-time-continuum one could also speak of the energy-mass-continuum.
gone and overcome, once you got over time, once you could
thinkDefinition of mind: The ability to think, so instead of just concrete objects, to spiritually consider abstract principles.
away time?



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

Wisdom is not communicable. Wisdom, which a wise
manDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
tries to disclose, always sounds like foolishness.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

If he, who necessarily needs something, finds the thing, that is necessary to him, it is not coincidence, which gives it to him, but he himself, his own desire and need leads him there.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

When an animal or a
humanDefinition of man: Homo sapiens sapiens. A higher mammal of the biological order of primates. Able to reason according to the label.
beingDefinition of existence: The universal presence of a physical or spiritual thing or entity. It is the cause of everything else and is at the basis of everything else.
directs all his attention and all his will to a certain
thingDefinition of thing: All, that confronts the subject, as a recognising ego, as perceptable content in the external world.
, then he also obtains it.



Hermann Hesse

Love

If I now reflect, for whom I am writing these leaves, who actually has so much power over me, that he can demand confessions from me and break my solitude, I must say a dear female name, which to me not only includes a large piece of
experienceDefinition of experiences: The amount of experiences that a person had in his life have, as well as in the wider sense the related conclusions thus.
and fate to me, but also may well stand as star and high symbol above all.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

When someone is searching, it can easily happen that his eye only sees the very
thingDefinition of thing: All, that confronts the subject, as a recognising ego, as perceptable content in the external world.
that it is looking for, that he cannot permit himself to find anything, to permit anything to get into him, because he only thinks of the thing he is searching for, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed by the goal. But to find means: to be
freeDefinition of freedom: The possibility of a person to decide, unaffected from outside, within the limits of one's own possibilities and respect for the rights of others.
, to be open, to have no goal.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

If one talks about it, even the most simple
thingDefinition of thing: All, that confronts the subject, as a recognising ego, as perceptable content in the external world.
immediately becomes complicated and incomprehensible.



Hermann Hesse

Happiness

If we make someone happier and more cheerful, we should do it in any case, may he ask us or not.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

If we hate a person, we hate something in his image that sits within ourselves. What is not in ourselves, that does not upset us.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Worthless, so it seemed to him, worthless and meaningless he had led his
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
around, nothing living, nothing anyhow delicious or worth keeping he had left in his hands. Alone he stood and empty, like a castaway on the shore.



Hermann Hesse

Happiness

Like a shy girl he remained seated and waited, to see if someone came to get him, a stronger and bolder one than he was, who carried him along and forced him to be happy.



Hermann Hesse

Spirituality

Like a
lightDefinition of light: In classical physics, light is the electromagnetic radiation that is visible to the human eye. Actually, light is of quantum objects, photons. The wavy appearance is caused by their quantum character.
beam, reflected by a piece of mirror glass and thrown into a dark room, often flashes up, in the middle of the present, ignited by an inanity, a long forgotten, long gone piece of
lifeDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
, frightening and scary.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

KnowledgeDefinition of knowledge: Secured insight is considered knowledge. An insight can never be considered absolutely secured, but only as beyond reasonable doubt.
can be communicated, but not wisdom. You can find it, you can
liveDefinition of life: The amount of functioning organisms in the physical universe. Their typical properties are: energy and metabolism, organization, susceptibility, reproductive capacity, heredity and growth.
it, you can be carried by it, you can do wonders with it, but tell and teach it, you cannot.



Hermann Hesse

Happiness

One should always fulfil ones wishes. Because, you see, thereby they are done. And what is done, no longer bothers us.



Hermann Hesse

Philosophy

That clever talking has no value, none at all. One only gets away from oneself. Get away from oneself is sin.



Hermann Hesse