25 Inspirational Hermann Hesse Quotes

25 Inspirational Hermann Hesse Quotes

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Hermann Karl Hesse a German poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf and The Glass Bead Game. Hesse attempted to work against Hitler’s suppression of art and literature that protested Nazi ideology.  He received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Below are Inspirational Quotes From Hermann Hesse:


  1. “It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “We who bore the mark might well be considered by the rest of the world as strange, even as insane and dangerous.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “An enlightened man had but one duty – to seek the way to himself, to reach inner certainty, to grope his way forward, no matter where it led.” Hermann Hesse

5. “For the first time in my life I tasted death, and death tasted bitter, for death is birth, is fear and dread of some terrible renewal.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go” Hermann Hesse


  1. “I realize that some people will not believe that a child of little more than ten years is capable of having such feelings. My story is not intended for them.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “At one time I had given much thought to why men were so very rarely capable of living for an ideal. Now I saw that many, no, all men were capable of dying for one.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.” Hermann Hesse

10. “Sinclair, your love is attracted to me. Once it begins to attract me, i will come. I will not make a gift of myself, I must be won.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “…and gradually his face assumed the expressions which are so often found among rich people – the expressions of discontent, of sickliness, of displeasure, of idleness, of lovelessness.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “Of course when one opens a coffin, one destroys it. Nevertheless a delicate odour of cedarwood will come forth.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “Youth is the most difficult time of life. For example, suicide rarely occurs amongst old people.” Hermann Hesse

15. “I already thought on that first evening of our meeting how glorious it would be to spend one’s whole life regarded by those beautiful, candid eyes, and how it would then be impossible ever to think or do ill.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “The most lively young people become the best old people, not those who pretend to be as wise as grandfathers while they are still in school.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “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


  1. “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

20. “Love between young people and love after many years of marriage is not the same thing.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “My lie has been miserable and difficult, and yet to others and sometimes to myself, it has seemed rich and wonderful.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “None of us knew how terribly these two fine people suffered in secret. I do not think that they ever stopped loving each other, but deep down in their nature they did not belong to one another.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “Passion is always a mystery and unaccountable, and unfortunately there is no doubt that life does not spare its purest children and often it is just the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.” Hermann Hesse


  1. “So strange is the human being that in the midst of my new life and fulfilled wishes, I was sometimes aware of a slight, fleeting, subconscious desire for solitude, for even boring and empty days” Hermann Hesse

25. “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

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