Literary Birthday - 2 July
Happy Birthday, Hermann Hesse, born 2 July 1877, died 9 August 1962
- Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.
- Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
- 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.
- Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
- When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
- The mind is international and supra-national … it ought to serve not war and annihilation, but peace and reconciliation.
- Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
Hesse was a German poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write