Inspiring Siddhartha quotes by Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha quotes
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Siddhartha is a novel by German Nobel Laureate, Hermann Hesse. It was first published in 1922 in German language. Siddhartha was first published in United states in 1951, and became influential in 1960’s. This book tells the story of spiritual journey of a young Indian man named Siddhartha, during the time of Gautama Buddha. Siddhartha has been translated in many languages all over the world. The book is based on the teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Siddhartha is a must read book for everyone. Reading this book will enlighten your mind and soul. Reading Siddhartha quotes will give you a hint about the whole book.
Below are some Siddhartha quotes which will inspire and motivate you, and finally make your day.

“Your soul is the whole world.”

“Gentleness is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force.”

“It is not for me to judge another man’s life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.”

“I have always thirsted for knowledge, I have always been full of questions.”

“Not in his speech, not in his thoughts, I see his greatness, only in his actions, in his life.”

“Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.”

“Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if
he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.”

“I can think. I can wait. I can fast.”

“Siddhartha stopped fighting his fate this very hour, and he stopped suffering.”

“The opposite of every truth is just as true.”

“A person is never entirely holy or entirely sinful.”

“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.”

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

“He was taught by the river. Incessantly, he learned from it. Most of all,
he learned from it to listen, to pay close attention with a quiet heart,
with a waiting, opened soul, without passion, without a wish, without
judgement, without an opinion.”

“They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.”

“Siddhartha has one single goal-to become empty, to become empty of thirst, desire, dreams, pleasure and sorrow-to let the Self die. No longer to be Self, to experience the peace of an emptied heart, to experience pure thought-that was his goal.”

“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.”

“When someone seeks,” said Siddhartha, “then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”

“It is not for me to judge another man’s life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.”

“When someone is seeking,” said Siddartha, “It happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal. You, O worthy one, are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose.”

“What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much, that as a result of your seeking you cannot find.”

“One must find the source within one’s own Self, one must possess it. Everything else was seeking — a detour, an error.”

“We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.”

“It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.”

“And all the voices, all the goals, all the yearnings, all the sorrows, all the pleasures, all the good and evil, all of them together was the world. All of them together was the stream of events, the music of life.”

“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.”

“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.”

“He has robbed me, yet he has given me something of greater value, he has given to me myself.”

“Dreams and restless thoughts came flowing to him from the river, from the twinkling stars at night, from the sun’s melting rays. Dreams and a restlessness of the soul came to him.”

“Words do not express thoughts very well. they always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.”

“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”

“So she thoroughly taught him that one cannot take pleasure without giving pleasure, and that every gesture, every caress, every touch, every glance, every last bit of the body has its secret, which brings happiness to the person who knows how to wake it. She taught him that after a celebration of love the lovers should not part without admiring each other, without being conquered or having conquered, so that neither is bleak or glutted or has the bad feeling of being used or misused.”

“No, a true seeker, one who truly wished to find, could accept no doctrine. But the man who has found what he sought, such a man could approve of every doctrine, each and every one, every path, every goal; nothing separated him any longer from all those thousands of others who lived in the eternal, who breathed the Divine.”

“My real self wanders elsewhere, far away, wanders on and on invisibly and has nothing to do with my life.”

“I, also, would like to look and smile, sit and walk like that, so free, so worthy, so restrained, so candid, so childlike and mysterious. A man only looks and walks like that when he has conquered his Self. I also will conquer my Self.”

“Within Siddhartha there slowly grew and ripened the knowledge of what wisdom really was and the goal of his long seeking. It was nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.”

“What is meditation?… It is fleeing from the self, it is a short escape of the agony of being a self, it is a short numbing of the senses against the pain and the pointlessness of life. The same escape, the same short numbing is what the driver of an ox-cart finds in the inn, drinking a few bowls of rice wine or fermented coconut-milk.”

“Within Siddhartha there slowly grew and ripened the knowledge of what wisdom really was and the goal of his long seeking. It was nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.”

“He saw mankind going through life in a childlike manner… which he loved but also despised…. He saw them toiling, saw them suffering, and becoming gray for the sake of things which seemed to him to be entirely unworthy of this price, for money, for little pleasures, for being slightly Honored.”

“I called the world of phenomena an illusion, I called my eyes and my tongue and accident, valueless phenomena. No, that is all over; I have awakened, I have really awakened and have just been born today.”

“There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge-that is everywhere, that is Atman, that is in me and you and in every creature, and I am beginning to believe that this knowledge has no worse enemy than the man of knowledge, than learning.”

See Also :- A short Biography of Hermann Hesse

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21 Comments


    1. Siddhartha deals with spiritual journey of a young man. Therefor, i think, Siddhartha appeals more to young people. 🙂
      Hence you found it interesting in your 20’s, just like me. 🙂
      Have a nice day. 🙂

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  1. One of my favorite books. I last re-read it on the week of my 60th birthday.

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    1. Great way to celebrate birthday. 🙂
      Thanks for comment. 🙂
      Take care 🙂

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  3. I went through a very long Herman Hesse phase in HS and early college. My favorite was Steppenwolf, but think it was largely because I read it first. I’ve recommended Sidhartha to many people, the latest being my 15 YO daughter. Think, wait. fast. That comes to mind often.

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    1. You are right, those books become our favorites which we read first. 🙂
      The first novel i read was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and till today it’s my favorite. 🙂

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      1. Ahhh hence your name “Alchemist” 😉 i have the physical book but have not yet read it, although I’ve heard much about it. I know i will like it. I enjoy all the wise quotes you share thru your blog. A great collection to refer to often. I have Siddhartha on my Kindle but have not read it yet. I am 45, but I have a serious interest in spiritual development & Buddhist teachings as much, if not more, than when I was in college. Love & Light … Namasté

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  4. Lovely reading these quotes and being reminded of what a wonderful book Siddhartha is. I also loved The Glass Bead Game and Steppenwolf – Hesse is great!

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  5. I remember giving away my baseball cards and other possessions while fasting when I read this book in school. It was the first novel that got under my skin like that.

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  6. Hesse’s description of Pablo’s saxophone playing in Steppenwolf put me right there. I could hear it. (Amazingly, it was well before the sax was recognised as a jazz instrument.) Siddhartha showed how closely linked everything in the world is, to everything in the world. One journey for all. Tried to read The Glass Bead Game three times, but could never finish it. There seemed to be an arrogance threading through the storyline. I like Hesse and I like your site.

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  7. Herman Hesse’ work, to me, is emotion turned in word, genuine, not too pompous, not too poetic, not too descriptive, simple and complex but mostly clean… balanced, and when I open a book of his randomly, even without a specific question in my mind, to answer, he speaks a parable that fits the situation I am in, can feel him smiling -reserved, shy, behind the hut, covering his eyes. Thank you for bringing back memories of his! 🙂

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  8. I think it was last year that I wrote a poem titled “Think, Wait, Fast” although I confessed that unlike Siddhartha, I needed practice in the fasting 🙂 Hesse will always be one of my favorite authors. Thanks for posting some quotes!

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  9. Thank you for compiling and sharing. It is always a blessing to read his words.

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