Hermann Hesse, German poet and writer, and winner of the 1946 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born this day in 1877. His fiction was largely concerned with man’s search for spirituality – and his true self. According to the Nobel Committee, he was awarded the prize “for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style.” Always good fodder for contemplation, and this quote from his 1922 novel, Siddhartha, is a particular favorite.
“Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish… Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.” — Hermann Hesse
And yet we continue to try, anyway.
Have a peaceful weekend.
Photo of Hermann Hesse borrowed from NobelPrize.org