Siddhartha

by Herman Hesse
Germany
2 Jul 1877 // 9 Aug 1962
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The world was beautiful when looked at in this way without any seeking, so simple, so childlike.

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No, a true seeker could not accept any teachings, not if he sincerely wished to find something. But he who had found, could give his approval to every path, to every goal; nothing separated him from all the other thousands who lived in eternity, who breathed the Divine.

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After so many years of foolishness, you have once again had an idea, have done something, have heard the bird in your chest singing and have followed it.

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Nothing was, nothing will be, everything has reality and presence.

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Knowledge can be conveyed, but not wisdom. It can be found, it can be lived, it is possible to be carried by it, miracles can be performed with it, but it cannot be expressed in words and taught.

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Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.

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It was all a lie, it all stank, stank of lies, it all gave the illusion of meaning and happiness and beauty, and all of it was just putrefaction that no one would admit to. Bitter was the taste of the world. Life was a torment.

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It taught him how to listen -- how to listen with a quiet heart and a waiting soul, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinion.

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I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew.

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What should I possibly have to tell you, oh venerable one? Perhaps that you're searching far too much? That in all that searching, you don't find the time for finding?

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