Eight Quotes from Hermann Hesse’s Demian on Dreams, Thoughts and Love

Hermann Hesse - I live in my dreams — that's what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That's the difference.

  • “I live in my dreams — that’s what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That’s the difference.”
  • “You must find your dream, then the way becomes easy. But there is no dream that lasts forever, each dream is followed by another, and one should not cling to any particular one.”
  • “If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.”
  • “Love must not entreat,’ she added, ‘or demand. Love must have the strength to become certain within itself. Then it ceases merely to be attracted and begins to attract.”
  • “Only the ideas that we actually live are of any value.”
  • “Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them.”
  • “The realization that my problem was one that concerned all men, a problem of living and thinking, suddenly swept over me and I was overwhelmed by fear and respect as I suddenly saw and felt how deeply my own personal life and opinions were immersed in the eternal stream of great ideas. Though it offered some confirmation and gratification, the realization was not really a joyful one. It was hard and had a harsh taste because it implied responsibility and no longer being allowed to be a child; it meant standing on one’s own feet.”
  • “Good that you ask — you should always ask, always have doubts.”

Hermann Hesse (1877 – 1962)

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8 thoughts on “Eight Quotes from Hermann Hesse’s Demian on Dreams, Thoughts and Love

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