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Hermann Hesse

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Biography - Hermann Hesse:

German-born poet, novelist, and painter.
Born: 1877 - Died: 1962
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: Germany

Now, true humor begins when a man ceases to take himself seriously.



(German, French)

Nun, aller höhere Humor fängt damit an, daß man die eigene Person nicht mehr ernst nimmt.

Tout humour un peu élevé commence par cesser de prendre au sérieux sa propre personne.

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Hermann Hesse also said...

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So that the possible emerges, the impossible must be tried again and again.

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Opponents often need each other more than friends, for without wind, the mills won't run.

Truly there is no wise man. Who does not know the dark.

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