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Steppenwolf

By Hermann Hesse

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Themes: Crazy Wisdom

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“He is resolved to forget that the desperate clinging to the self, and the desperate clinging to life are the surest way to eternal death.”

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Themes: Karma Forget Memory

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“Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap.”

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Themes: Culture

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“Instead of narrowing your world and simplifying your soul, you will have at the last to take the whole world into your soul, cost what it may.”

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“Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.”

Chapters: 27. No Trace
63. Easy as Hard

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“That man is not yet a finished creation but rather a challenge of the spirit; a distant possibility dreaded as much as desired... He is an experiment and a transition. He is nothing else than the narrow and perilous bridge between nature and spirit.”

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“The human merry-go-round sees many changes: the illusion that cost India the efforts of thousands of years to unmask the same illusion the the West has labored just as hard to maintain and strengthen.”

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Themes: Illusion Hinduism

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“Without really wanting to at all, they pay calls and carry on conversations, sit out their hours at desks and on office chairs; and it is all compulsory, mechanical and against the grain, and it could all be done or left undone just as well by machines... the stupidity and shallowness, the hopeless tragedy and waste of the lives they lead.”

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Themes: Conformity

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