I have always had a soft spot for Herman Hesse and thought his insight might provide another of our Top Ten Conflict Tips:
- Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
- 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.
- 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
- Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin
- There’s no reality except the one contained within us. That’s why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.
- It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard
- Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.
- Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object
- You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves
- To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning
See also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Hesse