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Type: Novelist
Nationality: German
Date of Birth: 07/02/1877




 

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This happiness consisted of nothing else but the harmony of the few things around me with my own existence, a feeling of contentment and well-being that needed no changes and no intensification.
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Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.
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Within us there is someone who knows everything, wills everything, does everything better than we ourselves.
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Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal.
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For me, however, that beloved, glowing little word happiness has become associated with everything I have felt since childhood upon hearing the sound of the word itself.
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The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.
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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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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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Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.
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To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.
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I was out of my bed in one second, trembling with excitement, and I dashed to the door and into the adjoining room, where I could watch the streets below from the windows.
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You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves.
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But your questions, which are unanswerable without exception, all spring from the same erroneous thinking.
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Only the ideas that we really live have any value.
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It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard.
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In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified.
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When trying to remember my share in the glow of the eternal present, in the smile of God, I return to my childhood, too, for that is where the most significant discoveries turn up.
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All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
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Nevertheless, whether in occurrences lasting days, hours or mere minutes at a time, I have experienced happiness often, and have had brief encounters with it in my later years, even in old age.
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Perhaps people like us cannot love. Ordinary people can - that is their secret.
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It was still quiet in the house, and not a sound was heard from outside, either. Were it not for this silence, my reverie would probably have been disrupted by reminders of daily duties, of getting up and going to school.
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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.
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Among the letters my readers write me, there is a certain category which is continuously growing, and which I see as a symptom of the increasing intellectualization of the relationship between readers and literature.
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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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As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.
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