Hermann Hesse 2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962

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To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. It is a very serious task, young man, and possibly a tragic one.
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. Father Jacobus, in The Glass Bead Game, ch. 4 (1943, trans. 1960).
You treat world history as a mathematician does mathematics, in which nothing but laws and formulas exist, no reality, no good and evil, no time, no yesterday, no tomorrow, nothing but an eternal, shallow, mathematical present.
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. Father Jacobus, in The Glass Bead Game, ch. 4 (1943, trans. 1960).
What I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity.
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. "For Madmen Only," Steppenwolf (1927).

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The whole world is in our souls -ancient Indian proverb
by Hesse, in Italian: ''Io ti chiesi'' Io ti chiesi perché i tuoi occhi si soffermano nei miei come una casta stella del cielo in un oscuro flutto. Mi hai guardato a lungo come si saggia un bimbo con lo sguardo, mi hai detto poi, con gentilezza: ti voglio bene, perché sei tanto triste - Hermann Hesse