Extracts from Siddharta, by Herman Hesse

“Men are like a dry leaf, that flies and swirls in the air and come down slowly to the ground. But others, a few, are like fixed stars, that follow a precise path, e there is no wind that can move them, they have within themselves their own law and their own path.”

“First of all, he learnt from the river to listen, to lend his ear with a calm soul, with an open mind, waiting, without passion, without desire, without judging, without opinions…”

“When somebody is searching, then it happens easily that his ear will lose the ability to see anything else beyond what he is looking for, and that he will not find anything, not absorb anything inside him, because he is thinking always solely to what he is searching, because he has an aim, because he is possed by his aim. Searching means: having an aim. But finding means: being free, being open, not having an aim. Pursuing your own aim, looking for something, you miss out on a lot of other things which are right in front of your eyes.”

“Wisdom cannot be communicated. The wisdom that a learned man tried to communicate to others, always sounds like madness.”

“Maybe this is what prevents us from finding peace: too many words.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

“Those who are friends of everyone, in truth are friends of no one.”

17 thoughts on “Quotations

    • Thank you, Chelsie! I only started blogging at the end of August 2010 so I’m pretty new to this world too, but I must say I’m really enjoying it so far!
      I highly recommend Siddharta by Herman Hesse…it is really a very inspiring book! If you enjoy it, you should also read Narcissus and Goldmund by the same author! I will be visiting your blog!

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  2. Excellent blog and nice quotations! Siddharta is indeed a very fine book.
    Saw your article about your visit in London’s prison on FB and so I was linked here to read it and discover your world of words.

    Allora, let me share a few quotations that I like with you:

    “A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest โ€” a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.” (Albert Einstein)

    “Peace can not be capt by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” (Albert Einstein)

    “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” (H.H. Dalai Lama)

    “Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school” (Albert Einstein)

    “We can not solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” (Albert Einstein)

    “You miss 100% the shots you never take” (Wayne Gretzky)

    “Everything appears to be like it is, but nothing is like it appears.” (M.E.)

    Tanti saluti da Vienna!

    • Thank you Dominik for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!
      Great quotes! My favourite one is: โ€œEducation is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in schoolโ€ (Albert Einstein).

  3. hI…your blog is really interesting…will keep visiting for more..
    BTW, you must be aware Siddhartha is a story about an Indian guy. But do you know there is also a movie based on the novel?? You should watch it. It stars an Indian actor Shashi Kapoor who used to be a very popular star in his times. ๐Ÿ˜€

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