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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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Zitate Hermann Hesse

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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

„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

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„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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„The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught.“

—  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."

„I have never lost the feeling of contradiction that lies behind all knowledge.“

—  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.

„Each person must stand on his own feet.“

—  Hermann Hesse
Context: Certainly you shouldn't go kill somebody or rape a girl, no! But you haven't reached the point where you can understand the actual meaning of "permitted" and "forbidden." You've only sensed part of the truth. You will feel the other part, too, you can depend on it. For instance, for about a year you have had to struggle with a drive that is stronger than any other and which is considered "forbidden." The Greeks and many other peoples, on the other hand, elevated this drive, made it divine and celebrated it in great feasts. What is forbidden, in other words, is not something eternal; it can change. Anyone can sleep with a woman as soon as he's been to a pastor with her and has married her, yet other races do it differently, even nowadays. Each of us has to find out for himself what is permitted and what is forbidden — forbidden for him. It's possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard. And vice versa. Actually it's only a question of convenience. Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them; things are forbidden to them that every honorable man will do any day in the year and other things are allowed to them that are generally despised. Each person must stand on his own feet. p. 147

„They are made for life, not for thought. Yes, and he who thinks, what's more, he who makes thought his business, he may go far in it, but he has bartered the solid earth for the water all the same, and one day he will drown.“

—  Hermann Hesse
Context: Wait a moment, here I have it. This: 'Most men will not swim before they are able to.' Is not that witty? Naturally, they won't swim! They are born for the solid earth, not for the water. And naturally they won't think. They are made for life, not for thought. Yes, and he who thinks, what's more, he who makes thought his business, he may go far in it, but he has bartered the solid earth for the water all the same, and one day he will drown. p. 16

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