Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha

Ildar Kamaletdinovhas quoted6 years ago
And everything together, all voices, all goals, all yearning, all suffering, all pleasure, all that was good and evil, all of this together was the world. All of it together was the flow of events, was the music of life.
juliesparks5has quoted7 years ago
Truly, no thing in this world has kept my thoughts thus busy, as this my very own self, this mystery of me being alive,
Ani Abrahamyanhas quoted4 years ago
The opposite of every truth is just as true! That's like this: any truth can only be expressed and put into words when it is one-sided. Everything is one-sided which can be thought with thoughts and said with words, it's all one-sided, all just one half, all lacks completeness, roundness, oneness.
Ildar Kamaletdinovhas quoted6 years ago
that the river is everywhere at once, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the rapids, in the sea, in the mountains, everywhere at once, and that there is only the present time for it, not the shadow of the past, not the shadow of the future?"
Mercelena Lemaîtrehas quoted5 years ago
Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.
Mercelena Lemaîtrehas quoted5 years ago
It is not my place to judge another person's life. Only for myself, for myself alone, I must decide, I must chose, I must refuse
gpreetpalhas quoted6 years ago
What is meditation? What is leaving one's body? What is fasting? What is holding one's breath? It is fleeing from the self, it is a short escape of the agony of being a self, it is a short numbing of the senses against the pain and the pointlessness of life. The same escape, the same short numbing is what the driver of an ox-cart finds in the inn, drinking a few bowls of rice-wine or fermented coconut-milk. Then he won't feel his self any more, then he won't feel the pains of life any more, then he finds a short numbing of the senses. When he falls asleep over his bowl of rice-wine, he'll find the same what Siddhartha and Govinda find when they escape their bodies through long exercises, staying in the non-self. This is how it is, oh Govinda."
Vitalyhas quotedlast year
He pondered deeply, like diving into a deep wa­ter he let him­self sink down to the ground of the sen­sa­tion, down to the place where the causes lie, be­cause to identify the causes, so it seemed to him, is the very es­sence of think­ing, and by this alone sen­sa­tions turn into real­iz­a­tions and are not lost, but be­come en­tit­ies and start to emit like rays of light what is in­side of them
CLsphas quotedlast year
Whether it may be good or bad, whether liv­ing ac­cord­ing to it would be suf­fer­ing or joy, I do not wish to dis­cuss, pos­sibly this is not es­sen­tial—but the uni­form­ity of the world, that everything which hap­pens is con­nec­ted, that the great and the small things are all en­com­passed by the same forces of time, by the same law of causes, of com­ing into be­ing and of dy­ing, this is what shines brightly
Nenad Istatkovhas quotedlast year
Kamala owned a small, rare singing bird in a golden cage. Of this bird he dreamt. He dreamt: this bird had be­come mute, who at other times al­ways used to sing in the morn­ing, and since this arose his at­ten­tion, he stepped in front of the cage and looked in­side; there the small bird was dead and lay stiff on the ground. He took it out, weighed it for a mo­ment in his hand, and then threw it away, out in the street, and in the same mo­ment, he felt ter­ribly shocked, and his heart hurt, as if he had thrown away from him­self all value and everything good by throw­ing out this dead bird.
Анастасияhas quoted2 years ago
Noth­ing was, noth­ing will be; everything is, everything has ex­ist­ence and is present.
b2801023997has quoted3 years ago
that ‘soft’ is stronger than ‘hard,’ wa­ter stronger than rocks, love stronger than force.
Ani Abrahamyanhas quoted4 years ago
Was it not a comedy, a strange and stupid matter, this repetition, this running around in a fateful circle?
Mercelena Lemaîtrehas quoted5 years ago
"Writing is good, thinking is better. Being smart is good, being patient is better."
Mercelena Lemaîtrehas quoted5 years ago
"Everyone gives what he has. The warrior gives strength, the merchant gives merchandise, the teacher teachings, the farmer rice, the fisher fish."
Mercelena Lemaîtrehas quoted5 years ago
His goal attracts him, because he doesn't let anything enter his soul which might oppose the goal.
Mercelena Lemaîtrehas quoted5 years ago
I have learned from the river: everything is coming back! You too, Samana, will come back. Now farewell! Let your friendship be my reward
Mercelena Lemaîtrehas quoted5 years ago
Quoth Govinda: "We have learned a lot, Siddhartha, there is still much to learn. We are not going around in circles, we are moving up, the circle is a spiral, we have already ascended many a level.
gpreetpalhas quoted6 years ago
It's true that a drinker numbs his senses, it's true that he briefly escapes and rests, but he'll return from the delusion, finds everything to be unchanged, has not become wiser, has gathered no enlightenment,—has not risen several steps."
Gede Wiyasahas quotedlast month
Siddhartha said noth­ing and looked at him with the ever un­changed, quiet smile. Govinda stared at his face, with fear, with yearn­ing, suf­fer­ing, and the eternal search was vis­ible in his look, eternal not-find­ing
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