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Siddhartha

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Book notes for Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

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Page: 73 “But what if I hadn’t been willing?” “You were willing. Look, Kamala, when you throw a rock into the water, it hurries on the fastest course to the bottom of the water. This is how it is when Siddhartha has a goal, a resolution. Siddhartha does nothing: he waits, he thinks, he fasts, but he passes through the things of the world like a rock through water, without doing anything, without stirring. He is drawn; he lets himself fall. His goal attracts him because he doesn’t let anything enter his soul which might oppose the goal. This is what Siddhartha has learned among the Samanas. This is what foolish people call magic and what they think is brought about by means of the demons. Nothing is caused by demons; there are no demons. Everyone can perform magic; everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, to wait, and to fast.”

Page: 84 Most people, Kamala, are like a falling leaf that is blown and is turning around through the air, wavering and tumbling to the ground. But others, a few, are like stars: they go on a fixed course, no wind reaches them, and in themselves they have their law and their direction.

Page: 158 These words are not sufficient for this secret meaning. Everything always comes out a little differently as soon as it is put into words. It gets distorted slightly and seems a bit silly—yes, this is also very good and I like it quite a bit, and I agree with the idea that what is one man’s treasure and wisdom always sounds like foolishness to someone else.”

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