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Hermann Hesse

Top 10 Best Quotes

“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.”

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

“If that was love, with cruelty here and humiliation there, then it was better to live without love.”

“I suddenly saw how sad and artificial my life had been during this period, for the loves, friends, habits and pleasures of these years were discarded like badly fitting clothes. I parted from them without pain and all that remained was to wonder that I could have endured them so long.”

“In any case, the most lively young people become the best old people, not those who pretend to be as wise as grandfathers while they are still at school.”

“Muoth was right. On growing old, one becomes more contented than in one's youth, which I will not therefore revile, for in all my dreams I hear my youth like a wonderful song which now sounds more harmonious than it did in reality, and even sweeter”

“People like best what is hard for them to obtain.”

“Young people have many pleasures and many sorrows, because they have only themselves to think of.”

“It is pure fiction that there is no bridge between one person and another, … On the contrary, what people have in common with each other is much more and of greater importance than what each person has in his own nature and which makes him different from others.' 'That is possible,' I said, 'but what good does it do me to know all this?”

“There I often walked along the shore, listened to the sea, and thought as I had done in my youth, with amazement and horror, about the sad and senseless confusion of life, that one could love in vain, that people who meant well toward each other should work out their destinies separately, each one going his own inexplicable way, and how each would like to help and draw close to the other and yet was unable to do so, as in troubled meaningless dreams.”

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Book Keywords:

growing-older, friendship, wisdom, youth, existentialism, closeness, love, existence, universe, harmony, maturity, pleasure, sorrow

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