Happiness (HERMAN HESSE)

Happiness (HERMAN HESSE)

May 1907
As long as you chase happiness,
you are not ready to be happy,
even if you owned everything.

As long as you lament a loss,
run after prizes in restless races,
you have not yet known peace.

But when you have moved beyond desire,
become a stranger to your goals and longings
and call no longer on happiness by name,

then your heart rises calmly
above the ebb and flow of action
and peace has reached your soul.

 

 

 
Poems
HERMAN HESSE



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  • And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by THOSE WHO COULD NOT HEAR THE MUSIC ...

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were thought to be insane
by THOSE WHO COULD NOT HEAR THE MUSIC ..."
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  • Life is so unpredictable that anything is possible .

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  • I LIVE IN MY DREAMS . Other people live in dreams , but not in their own . That's the difference .

    lecturesbureau: "I LIVE IN MY DREAMS .
Other people live in dreams , but not in their own .
That's the difference ."
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  • All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time .

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as though I were seeing them for the first time ."
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  • Medicine heals deseases of the body wisdom frees the soul from passions .

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wisdom frees the soul from passions ."
    493
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  • It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop .

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so long as you do not stop ."
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  • A book read by a thousand different people is a thousand different books .

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is a thousand different books ."
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  • Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be WHAT WE KNOW WE COULD BE .

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to be WHAT WE KNOW WE COULD BE ."
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  • The bee discovers amid the most pungent flowers and the roughest thorns the smoothest and most palatable honey .

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and the roughest thorns
the smoothest and most palatable honey ."
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  • Without joy in our heart , our progress in life is slow and uninteresting .

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our progress in life 
is slow and uninteresting ."
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