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Hermann Hesse

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Born

Hermann Karl Hesse2 July 1877 Calw, Württemberg, German Empire

Died

9 August 1962 Montagnola, Ticino, Switzerland

Occupation

Novelist, short story author, essayist, poet, painter

Nationality

German, Swiss

Period

1904–1953

Genre

Fiction

Notable works

The Glass Bead Game,Siddhartha,Steppenwolf,Narcissus and Goldmund,Demian

Notable awards

  • Goethe Prize
  • Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize
  • Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

Hermann Karl Hesse was a German-born poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Hermann Karl Hesse was born on 2 July 1877 in the Black Forest town of Calw in Württemberg, German Empire . His grandparents served in India at a mission under the auspices of the Basel Mission, a Protestant Christian missionary society. His grandfather Hermann Gundert compiled the current grammar in Malayalam language, compiled a Malayalam-English dictionary, and also contributed to the work in translating the Bible to Malayalam. Hesse's mother, Marie Gundert, was born at such a mission in India in 1842. In describing her own childhood, she said, "A happy child I was not..." As was usual among missionaries at the time, she was left behind in Europe at the age of four when her parents returned to India.

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As a body everyone is single, as a soul never. - Hermann Hesse

As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.

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alone
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. - Hermann Hesse

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.

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courage
The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation. - Hermann Hesse

The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.

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death
To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. - Hermann Hesse

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.

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history faith
I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value. - Hermann Hesse

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

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good
Happiness is a how not a what. A talent, not an object. - Hermann Hesse

Happiness is a how not a what. A talent, not an object.

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happiness
To be able to throw one's self away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman's smile - that is happiness. - Hermann Hesse

To be able to throw one's self away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman's smile - that is happiness.

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smile happiness
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. - Hermann Hesse

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.

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history
One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time. - Hermann Hesse

One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.

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time home
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. - Hermann Hesse

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.

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wisdom knowledge
There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge - that is everywhere. - Hermann Hesse

There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge - that is everywhere.

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learning knowledge
What constitutes a real, live human being is more of a mystery than ever these days, and men each one of whom is a valuable, unique experiment on the part of nature are shot down wholesale. - Hermann Hesse

What constitutes a real, live human being is more of a mystery than ever these days, and men each one of whom is a valuable, unique experiment on the part of nature are shot down wholesale.

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nature
It is not our purpose to become each other it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is. - Hermann Hesse

It is not our purpose to become each other it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.

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relationship
Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go. - Hermann Hesse

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

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strength
The truth is lived, not taught. - Hermann Hesse

The truth is lived, not taught.

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truth