Quotes from The Journey to the East

Hermann Hesse ·  128 pages

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“Despair is the result of each earnest attempt to go through life with virtue, justice and understanding, and to fulfill their requirements. Children live on one side of despair, the awakened on the other side.”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“The whole of world history often seems to me nothing more than a picture book which portrays humanity's most powerful and a senseless desire - the desire to forget. Does not each generation, by means of suppression, concealment, and ridicule, efface what the previous generation considered most important?”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“Faith is stronger than so-called reason.”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“For our goal was not only the East, or rather the East was not only a country and something geographical, but it was the home and youth of the soul, it was everywhere and nowhere, it was the union of all times.”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“I shall always remember how the peacocks’ tails shimmered when the moon rose amongst the tall trees, and on the shady bank the emerging mermaids gleamed fresh and silvery amongst the rocks…”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East



“Everything becomes questionable as soon as I consider it closely, everything slips away and dissolves.”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“That is just what life is when it is beautiful and happy - a game! Naturally, one can also do all kinds of other things with it, make a duty of it, or a battleground, or a prison, but that does not make it any prettier.”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“He who travels far will often see things Far removed from what he believed was Truth. When he talks about it in the fields at home, He is often accused of lying, For the obdurate people will not believe What they do not see and distinctly feel. Inexperience, I believe, Will give little credence to my song.”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“That is just what life is when it is beautiful and happy - a game! Naturally, one can also do all kinds of other things with it, make a duty of it, or a battleground, or a prison, but that does not make it any prettier...”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“Once in their youth the light shone for them; they saw the light and followed the star, but then came reason and the mockery of the world; then came faint-heartedness and apparent failure; then came weariness and disillusionment, and so they lost their way again, they became blind again.”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East



“با مهر مرگ جاودانه خواهم کرد”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“شاید غم انگیز باشد اما زیبا هم هست”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“Notre frere a ete conduit par son epreuve au desespoir, et les desespoir est la resultat de toute tentative serieuse pour comprendre et justifier la vie humaine. le desespoir est le resultat de tout effort serieux pour mettre sa vie en harmonie avec la vertu, avec la justice, avec la raison, tout en repondant a ses exigences. les enfants vivent en deca de ce desespoir, les adultes au-dela.”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“انچه یکی را گنجینه حکمت است، در گوش دیگری طنین یاوه و ترفند دارد”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East


“The law of service. He who wishes to live long must serve, but he who wishes to rule does not live long.”
― Hermann Hesse, quote from The Journey to the East



About the author

Hermann Hesse
Born place: in Calw, Württemberg, Germany
Born date July 2, 1877
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