- Hermann Hesse
- “We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other's opposite and complement.”
- “Because the world is so full of death and horror, I try again and again to console my heart and pick the flowers that grow in the midst of hell.” ― Herman Hesse,
- “We fear death, we shudder at life's instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and again, and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, are transitory and will soon disappear.
- “My goal is this: always to put myself in the place in which I am best able to serve, wherever my gifts and qualities find the best soil to grow, the widest field of action.
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― Hermann Hesse, quote from Narcissus and Goldmund “Romantic souvenirs had a way of attaching themselves to one when one wanted to move on, but they were not to be taken seriously.” “Some day you will think of what I am going to say to you now: our friendship has no other purpose, no other reason, than to show you how utterly unlike me ...
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Narcissus and Goldmundis a novel set during medievil Germany by Herman Hesse. Goldmund, the central character of the book, decides that he must leave the monastery where he lives and studies to engage the outside world and discover life's true meaning. Goldmund embarks on a series of travels. During his journey, he engages in several relationships with women, a good portion of them sexual. Also during his travels, he ponders human existence and the cruel and corrupt nature of mankind.
Narcissus is Goldmund's teacher at the monastery. Goldmund and Narcissus are foilcharacters, meaning that they are opposing in a way that emphasizes the positive qualities of the other. Narcissus is a thinker and Goldmund is an artist. Both characters are described as beautiful, and both love each other deeply.
Goldmund is sent to live in a monastery by his father because of his mother's sinful lifestyle. She is described as a gypsy, and the lack of knowledge of his mother is what motivates Goldmund to leave the monastery in search for a greater meaning for his existence. This becomes evident one day while Goldmund is in the fields collecting herbs and encounters a woman named Lise who has sex with him. Goldmund wants to stay with her, but she is married and returns to her husband. With encouragement from Narcissus, Goldmund leaves the monastery for his journey.
Goldmund's travels eventually bring him into the employ of a count who hires Goldmund to translate his autobiographical tales of the Crusades into Latin. The count also has two daughters, and Goldmund makes every attempt to seduce them. The count eventually learns of this, and Goldmund is sent away. Goldmund continues his travels until he is so overcome with grief that he finds a cloister and confesses his sins. Upon confessing, Goldmund eyes a carved wooden statue. Deeply moved by its artistic beauty, Goldmund seeks out the man who carved it, Master Niklaus. After creating a small carving of his own, an image of Narcissus, Goldmund is accepted as an apprentice. While working for Niklaus, Goldmund comes closer to understanding the meaning of his life, and how his lack of knowledge of his mother has impacted him. Hesse writes about Goldmund's observations of Niklaus' talent: ''The way some of Master Niklaus's madonnas powerfully expressed the suffering mother of God with a perfection...
After his time with Master Niklaus, Goldmund becomes more observant of human nature. He doesn't understand how human beings can be so cruel and unappreciative of life. He eventually meets a companion named Robert who he travels with to a village where they learn that the village has been infected with the plague. In describing Goldmund's feelings, Hesse writes: ''He thought the fear of death was perhaps the root of all art, perhaps also of all things of the mind. We fear death, we shudder at life's instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and again, and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, as transitory and will soon disappear. When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something that lasts longer than we do.'' Robert and Goldmund meet up with a woman named Helene, and they live together in the forest. Helene is raped by a man who also bit...
Aug 31, 2014 · Goldmund reunites with Narcissus and they continue their conversations and debates–the choice amount of quotes during these pages is incredible, a must read. The amount of respect between the two very different men is a great example of what it means to have a mind that is developed and a spirit of self-assuredness.
Hermann Hesse Love Quotes and Sayings #1-3 Narcissus and Goldmund, 1930. 1. If I know what love is, it is because of you. 2. Without a mother, one cannot love. Without a mother, one cannot die. 3. At her first kiss I felt something melt inside me that hurt in an exquisite way.
Narcissus and Goldmund Quotes by Hermann Hesse. 60 quotes from Narcissus and Goldmund You probably don't appreciate letters like that, very much, do you, Narcissus? hermannhesse, narzissundgoldmund. 12 . Narziss und Goldmund Hermann Hesse Amazon Books. Narziss und Goldmund [Hermann Hesse] on Amazon. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
A central theme in Narcissus and Goldmund is the conflicting dichotomy present in the world and in every man: good and evil, life and death, joy and sorrow, thinker and dreamer, male and female ...