Hermann Hesse

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Hermann Hesse.  I dated a man who loved him, especially Siddhartha, so when he behaved badly and hurt me I took it out on poor old Hermann, too.  Now that I’m grown and happy, I’ve learned to appreciate his writing.  This one took my breath away.

“I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in the books; I’m beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn’t pleasant, It’s not sweet and harmonious like invented stories; It tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.”

Yin and Yang Mandala

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