The Wisdom of Hermann Hesse | Thought-Provoking Quotes

March 6, 2018

Listen to episode 245 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Wisdom of Hermann Hesse | Thought-Provoking Quotes. Edited and adapted from the work of Hermann Hesse.

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Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from the work of Herman Hesse, the author of such classic works as Siddhartha, the Glass Bead Game, and Steppenwolf.

“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise person attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”

“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my soul whispers to me.”

“Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.”

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go.”

“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.”

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