The Wisdom of Hermann Hesse | Inspirational Quotes

Podcast Excerpt: “You are more than just yourself; you also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world’s phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again. That is why every person’s story is important, eternal, sacred; that is why every man and woman, as long as they live and fulfill the will of nature, is a wondrous creation, and worthy of consideration.”

“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”

“Seriousness is an accident of time. It consists of putting too high a value on time. In eternity there is no time. Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke”¦..Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.”

“You must find your dream…but no dream lasts forever, each dream is followed by another, and one should not cling to any particular dream.”

“I believe that I am not responsible for the meaningfulness or meaninglessness of life, but that I am responsible for what I do with the life I’ve got.”

“Most people…are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.”

“You have to try the impossible to achieve the possible.”

“Each of us is merely one human being, merely an experiment, a way station. But each of us should be on the way toward perfection, should be striving to reach the center, not the periphery.”

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