The Glass Bead Game

by Herman Hesse
2 Jul 1877 // 9 Aug 1962

Stages (1)

As every flower fades and as all youth/ Departs, so life at every stage,/ So every virtue, so our grasp of truth,/ Blooms in its day and may not last forever./ Since life may summon us at every age/ ...

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The Glass Bead Game

Herman Hesse


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."