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Hermann Hesse Love Quotes and Sayings

Hermann Hesse Love Quotes and Sayings

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

2. At the first kiss I felt something melt inside me that hurt in an exquisite way. All my longings, all my dreams and sweet anguish, all the secrets that slept deep within me came awake, everything was transformed and enchanted, and everything made sense.

3. To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.

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

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

6. 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.

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

8. It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. 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.

9. . . . gentleness is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force.

10. You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation, and that is called loving.


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Excerpt from Wikipedia: Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi) each of which explores an individual’s search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality.
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Sayings by Hermann Hesse

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other’s opposite and complement.

4. Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.

5. Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind things, they were in them, in all of them.

6. One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.

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

8. Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.

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

10. 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.

11. We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.

12. You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves. A whole society composed of men afraid of the unknown within them!

13. You’ve never lived what you are thinking, and that isn’t good. Only the ideas we actually live are of any value.

14. 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.

15. Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.

16. I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us.

17. My goal is this: always to put myself in the place in which I am best able to serve, wherever my gifts and qualities find the best soil to grow, the widest field of action. There is no other goal.

18. You are like me; you are different from other people. You are Kamala and no one else, and within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself, just as I can. Few people have that capacity and yet everyone could have it. (Siddhartha, p. 58)