Gertrude

by Herman Hesse
Germany
2 Jul 1877 // 9 Aug 1962
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People like best what is hard for them to obtain.

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In any case, the most lively young people become the best old people, not those who pretend to be as wise as grandfathers while they are still at school.

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Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.

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That is where my dearest and brightest dreams have ranged to hear for the duration of a heartbeat the universe and the totality of life in its mysterious, innate harmony.

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Gertrude

Herman Hesse

 

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