Talk:Hermann Hesse

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Why has somebody decorated this page like it is the inside of a head shop? I can almost smell the incense.

"Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud" is commonly attributed to Hesse. Did he say or write any such thing? The quote in the article isn't the same and doesn't read the same. Also didn't he write in German? All these quotes presumably are translations? [Added by]

I can't give the answer abount attributions of particular quotes, but as for sources, yes he wrote in German. So all of those quotes might come from translations or be translated by contributors. If we can add the sources, which translations were used, it would be nice. --Aphaia 3 July 2005 14:39 (UTC)


Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable and precise source for any quote on this list please move it to Hermann Hesse. --Antiquary 18:26, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

  • My instinct as an individualist and artist has always warned me most urgently against this capacity of men for becoming drunk on collective suffering, collective pride, collective hatred, and collective honor. When this morbid exaltation becomes perceptible in a room, a hall, a village, a city, or a country, I grow cold and distrustful; a shudder comes over me, for already, while most of my fellow men are still weeping with rapture and enthusiasm, still cheering and venting protestations of brotherhood, I see blood flowing and cities going up in flames.
  • My watercolours are a sort of poem or dream, they carry only a distant memory of reality, transforming it according to personal feelings or need.
  • The more individuals capable of watching the world theater calmly and critically, the less danger of monumental mass stupidities — in first of all, wars.