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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.

Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth (1919), first published under the pseudonym “Emil Sinclair”


Only the ideas that we actually live are of any value

Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth (1919), first published under the pseudonym “Emil Sinclair”


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 that destroy them.

Gertrude (1910) As translated by Hilda Rosner


If what matters in a person’s existence is to accept the inevitable consciously, to taste the good and bad to the full and to make for oneself a more individual, unaccidental and inward destiny alongside one’s external fate, then my life has been neither empty nor worthless.

Gertrude (1910) As translated by Hilda Rosner


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

Peter Camenzind (1904)


When someone is searching,” said Siddhartha, “then it might easily happen that the only thing his eyes still see is that what he searches for, that he is unable to find anything, to let anything enter his mind, because he always thinks of nothing but the object of his search, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed by the goal. Searching means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal. You, oh venerable one, are perhaps indeed a searcher, because, striving for your goal, there are many things you don’t see, which are directly in front of your eyes.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse


Most of all, he learned from it to listen, to pay close attention with a quiet heart, with a waiting, opened soul, without passion, without a wish, without judgement, without an opinion.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse


Writing is good, thinking is better. Being smart is good, being patient is better.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse


But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse


All birth means separation from the All, the confinement within limitation, the separation from God, the pangs of being born ever anew. The return into the All, the dissolution of painful individuation, the reunion with God means the expansion of the soul until it is able once more to embrace the All.

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

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