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Hermann Hesse

Geburtstag: 2. Juli 1877
Todesdatum: 9. August 1962

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Hermann Karl Hesse war ein deutschsprachiger Schriftsteller, Dichter und Maler. Bekanntheit erlangte er mit Prosawerken wie Siddhartha oder Der Steppenwolf und mit seinen Gedichten . 1946 wurde ihm der Nobelpreis für Literatur und 1954 der Orden Pour le mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste verliehen.

Als Sohn eines deutsch-baltischen Missionars war Hesse durch Geburt russischer Staatsangehöriger. Von 1883 bis 1890 und erneut ab 1924 war er schweizerischer Staatsbürger, dazwischen besaß er das württembergische Staatsbürgerrecht.

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„Ich wollte ja nichts als das zu leben versuchen, was von selber aus mir heraus wollte. Warum war das so schwer?“

— Hermann Hesse
Demian, (an den Anfang gestelltes Motto des Ich-Erzählers Emil Sinclair), GW Bd. 5, Suhrkamp Verlag, 1987, S. 7

„Die Verzweiflung schickt Gott nicht, um uns zu töten, er schickt sie, um neues Leben in uns zu erwecken. “

— Hermann Hesse
Das Glasperlenspiel (Romanfigur des Beichtvaters Dion), GW Bd. 9, Suhrkamp Verlag, 1987, S. 569

„Nun, aller höhere Humor fängt damit an, daß man die eigene Person nicht mehr ernst nimmt.“

— Hermann Hesse
Figur »Pablo« in: Der Steppenwolf. Suhrkamp, 1974. S. 227. ISBN 9783518366752. Google Books

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„Damit das Mögliche entsteht, muss immer wieder das Unmögliche versucht werden.“

— Hermann Hesse
Brief (Sept. 1960) an Wilhelm Gundert Quelle: Mein Hermann Hesse – Ein Lesebuch. Hrsg. Udo Lindenberg, 2008, Suhrkamp Verlag, S. 26

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„Man's life seems to me like a long, weary night that would be intolerable if there were not occasionally flashes of light, the sudden brightness of which is so comforting and wonderful, that the moments of their appearance cancel out and justify the years of darkness.“

— Hermann Hesse
Context: That life is difficult, I have often bitterly realized. I now had further cause for serious reflection. Right up to the present I have never lost the feeling of contradiction that lies behind all knowledge. My life has been miserable and difficult, and yet to others, and sometimes to myself, it has seemed rich and wonderful. Man's life seems to me like a long, weary night that would be intolerable if there were not occasionally flashes of light, the sudden brightness of which is so comforting and wonderful, that the moments of their appearance cancel out and justify the years of darkness.

„There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist.“

— Hermann Hesse
Context: "If only there were a dogma to believe in. Everything is contradictory, everything tangential; there are no certainties anywhere. Everything can be interpreted one way and then again interpreted in the opposite sense. The whole of history can be explained as development and progress and can also be seen as nothing but decadence and meaninglessness. Isn't there any truth? Is there no real and valid doctrine?" The Master had never heard him speak so fervently. He walked on in silence for a little, then said, "There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught. Be prepared for conflicts, Joseph Knecht — I can see they have already begun."

„The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence and to the possibility of being born.“

— Hermann Hesse
Context: For although in a certain sense and for light-minded persons non-existent things can be more easily and irresponsibly represented in words than existing things, for the serious and conscientious historian it is just the reverse. Nothing is harder, yet nothing is more necessary, than to speak of certain things whose existence is neither demonstrable nor probable. The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence and to the possibility of being born. Motto of the work written by Hesse, and attributed to an "Albertus Secundus"

„Listen my friend! I am a sinner and you are a sinner, but someday the sinner will be Brahma again, will someday attain Nirvana, will someday become a Buddha.“

— Hermann Hesse
Context: Listen my friend! I am a sinner and you are a sinner, but someday the sinner will be Brahma again, will someday attain Nirvana, will someday become a Buddha. Now this "someday" is illusion; it is only a comparison. The sinner is not on his way to a Buddha-like state; he is not evolving, although our thinking cannot conceive things otherwise. No, the potential Buddha already exists in the sinner; his future is already there. The potential hidden Buddha must be recognized in him, in you, in everybody. The world, Govinda, is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment; every sin already carries grace within it, all small children are potential old men, all sucklings have death within them, all dying people — eternal life. It is not possible for one person to see how far another is on the way; the Buddha exits in robber and the dice player; the robber exists in the Brahmin. During deep meditation it is possible to dispel time, to see simultaneously all the past, present, and future, and then everything is good, everything is perfect, everything is Brahman.

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