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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Hermann Hesse on English, German, narcissus, goldmund, demian, Siddhartha, trees, Steppenwolf, humanity and history.

21 Inspiring Quotes By Hermann Hesse For Wordsmiths And Colorists

Quick Facts

Famous As: Poet

Born On: July 2, 1877

Died On: August 9, 1962

Born In: Calw

Died At Age: 85

Hermann Hesse was a celebrated German-born painter, novelist and poet. Some of his renowned works include ‘Siddhartha’, ‘The Glass Bead Game’, ‘Demian’ and ‘Steppenwolf’ amongst various others. A Nobel laureate, his thoughts, work, writings and books explore and reflect an individual’s quest for spirituality, authenticity and self-knowledge. One of the finest penmen of the twentieth century, he belonged to the set of writers who were largely disenchanted by the proceedings around them. His thoughts, works and writings mostly cited a longing for the bygone era of Romanticism and expressed the spiritual turmoil that was deeply rooted in the pathos of the modern age which was slowly losing its connection with the inner self. We bring to you a corpus of some quotable quotes and sayings by Hermann Hesse which are sure to motivate and inspire you. Go through the quotations and thoughts by Hermann Hesse on writing, painting, strength, letting-go, solitude, alone, communication, strong, life, love, death, reality, courage, character, soul, intelligence, ideas, values, happiness, unique, words, relationships, thoughts, talent, wisdom and more.
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Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.

Hermann Hesse

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

Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.

Hermann Hesse

Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.

Hermann Hesse

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.

Hermann Hesse

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.

Hermann Hesse

If I know what love is, it is because of you.

Hermann Hesse

Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go

Hermann Hesse

That is where my dearest and brightest dreams have ranged — to hear for the duration of a heartbeat the universe and the totality of life in its mysterious, innate harmony.

Hermann Hesse

I live in my dreams — that's what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That's the difference.

Hermann Hesse

It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.

Hermann Hesse

Oh, love isn't there to make us happy. I believe it exists to show us how much we can endure.

Hermann Hesse

Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.

Hermann Hesse

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

Hermann Hesse

What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much, that as a result of your seeking you cannot find.

Hermann Hesse

You are willing to die, you coward, but not to live.

Hermann Hesse

We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.

Hermann Hesse

When you like someone, you like them in spite of their faults. When you love someone, you love them with their faults.

Hermann Hesse

Love must not entreat,' she added, 'or demand. Love must have the strength to become certain within itself. Then it ceases merely to be attracted and begins to attract.

Hermann Hesse

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.

Hermann Hesse

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 of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.

Hermann Hesse