"Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours."
"If I know what love is, it is because of you."
"Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish."
"To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do. "
"Oh, love isn't there to make us happy. I believe it exists to show us how much we can endure."
"You must find your dream...but no dream lasts forever, each dream is followed by another, and one should not cling to any particular dream."
"We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being."
"I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teachings my blood whispers to me."
"I live in my dreams. Other people live in dreams too . . . just not their own."
"What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much, that as a result of your seeking you cannot find." (Siddhartha)
"Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness."
"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. "
"Happiness is a how, not a what. A talent, not an object."
Herman Hesse, I highly recommend Steppenwolf and Siddhartha, I should really finish the Glass Bead Game one day.