Hermann Karl Hesse was a German-born Swiss novelist, poet, and painter who lived from July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962. Some of his best-known works are- The Glass Bead Game, Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and Demian.
His works mainly concern with an individual’s search for spirituality, self-knowledge, and authenticity. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. In the thirties, he made quite a controversial move by publicizing and reviewing banned Jewish authors like Franz Kafka. In the late ’30s, the Germans banned his books from getting published.
His last novel was The Glass Bead Game. He wrote many short stories throughout his life that were chiefly recollections of his childhood. His poems were themed on nature, and he even wrote several ironic essays. He also occupied himself with a steady stream of letters from his readers, whom he actively replied. His writings captured the people’s longing during those hard times of war for a new order and peace.
Hermann Hesse Quotes
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
Within us there is someone who knows everything, wills everything, does everything better than we ourselves.- Hermann Hesse
Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.- Hermann Hesse
To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.- Hermann Hesse
In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.- Hermann Hesse
Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader.- Hermann Hesse
If a man has nothing to eat, fasting is the most intelligent thing he can do.- Hermann Hesse
It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard.- Hermann Hesse
Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal.- Hermann Hesse
Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go.- Hermann Hesse