14 March 2008

Quote of the day

The life of every person is a way to themself, an attempt at a way, the suggestion of a path. No person has ever been utterly themself, yet every person strives to be so, the dull, the intelligent, each one as best they can. Each person to the end of their days carries round with them vestiges of their birth – the slime and egg-shells of the primeval world. There are many who never become human; they remain frogs, lizards, ants. Many people are human beings above and fish below. Yet each one represents an attempt on the part of nature to create a human being. We enjoy a common origin in our mothers; we all come from the same pit. But each individual, who is themself an experimental throw from the depths, strives towards their own goal. We can understand each other; but each person is able to interpret themself to themself alone.
- Hermann Hesse


paintergirl said...

And then there are people who would love to grab you and pull you back down. You have to love that. ahh, Hesse. Siddhartha will always be a favorite.

There is a website, project place you may like. It's illustrationfriday and there is a different topic each week. Some of the picks are unispired, but it's a good exercise.

all the best and have a great weekend

David Cauchi said...

This quote's from 'Demian', which I have to admit I found a little tiresome in places. I think I prefer his earlier stuff. I read 'Peter Camezind', his first novel, on holiday (and should dig out some quotes from that - there were some doozies) and am now reading 'Gertrude'.

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