6 Best Quotes From The Novel “Siddhartha” By Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha is one of the first novels that introduced Buddhism to Western audiences. Written in 1922 by Hermann Hesse, it is a fast read about a man who seeks enlightenment through alternating paths of asceticism and hedonism.

Man imitates, but does not understand

A thousand disciples hear his teachings every day, and follow his regulations every hour, but they are all falling leaves; they do not possess the doctrine and the law within themselves.

Your current situation is transitory

Where is Siddhartha the Brahman? Where is Siddhartha the samana [ascetic]? Where is Siddhartha the rich man? Transitory things change swiftly, Govinda, as you know.

Wisdom cannot be learned, only experienced

Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness.

You are but a small part of the whole

I learned from my body and my soul that I was in great need of sin; I needed sensual pleasures, the ambition for possessions, vanity, and I needed the most humiliating despair in order to learn how to give up my resistance, in order to learn how to love the world, in order to cease comparing it with some world of my wishes or my imagination, with some type of perfection that I had concocted, but to leave it the way it is, to love it, and to be a part of it gladly.

Life is meant to be lived

Words do no good to the secret meaning; everything always immediately becomes a little different when you express it, a little falsified, a little foolish.

A man must enjoy his own treasure

I am also perfectly contented that one person’s treasure of wisdom always sounds like foolishness to someone else.

Siddhartha was a pleasant book that put many Buddhist practices into story form. I recommend it if you’re interested in Eastern philosophy.

This article was originally published on Roosh V.

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74 thoughts on “6 Best Quotes From The Novel “Siddhartha” By Hermann Hesse”

    1. “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”
      ― Confucius

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        1. I was speaking of the pee-pee hazard, but I cannot in good conscience neglect the Dopeman’s Creed either.

        2. There’s been a running bit of late suggesting that Chinese and presumably all Asians will pee pee in one’s Coke.
          And thank you.

        3. Is that at the coke factory or when your cup is sitting on the table. Or, you have your 10 litre bottle in the refrigerator at work?

    1. “I like the relaxed way in which the Japanese approach religion. I think of myself as basically a moral person, but I’m definitely not religious, and I’m very tired of the preachiness and obsession with other people’s behavior characteristic of many religious people in the United States. As far as I could tell, there’s nothing preachy about Buddhism. I was in a lot of temples, and I still don’t know what Buddhists believe, except that at one point Kunio said ‘If you do bad things, you will be reborn as an ox.’
      This makes as much sense to me as anything I ever heard from, for example, the Reverend Pat Robertson.”
      ― Dave Barry, Dave Barry Does Japan

  1. I found Vipassana meditation long before I became a Christian. While far from a deity, I always found Buddha very interesting along with Confucius. After becoming a Bible student I noticed Isaac practiced meditation (Genesis 24:63) some 1500 years before Buddha. I still meditate and highly recommend it to everyone. You’ll only understand just how beneficial it is when you try it.
    There is some degree of carry over from the Hebrew Israelite faith and teachings and Buddhism. Most people today, even Bible experts, completely neglect the period around 750 BC when the vast majority of genetic Israelites were exiled from Palestine. There is historical evidence to demonstrate one name one group of these dispersed people were later known as is “Anglo-Saxons”. There is further suggestion that Buddha may have been a Saxon himself.

    1. Many of the statements of Jesus have a Buddhist slant – such as “The kingdom of heaven is within you.” This is even more so, if one counts the non canonical, but ancient, Gospel of St Thomas. One explanation may be that no one knows where Jesus went during the “missing years” – between his childhood and the age of thirty. It is quite possible he went over to Persia or Babylon – where there were resident Jewish communities – and encountered the Buddhist world, which extended into the Middle East until the rise of Islam.

      1. A much simpler and more rational explanation is that wise men often come to the same conclusions about human nature.

    2. There are two MASSIVE problems with this 1) Saxons and Angles are not the same people, they are two separate tribes who both migrated to England. 2) The Angles and the Saxons spoke Deutsche, while Jews spoke Hebrew.

  2. My favorite works from Hesse are Demian and Steppenwolf, which I highly recommend to everyone here.

    1. I read Siddhartha like everyone does in college, realized I liked HH’s style and went and breezed through Demian, Steppenwolf, and Journey to the East in short order (they’re all fairly short books.) I slogged through Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi) more out of duty than pleasure; thought it was really overlong and padded, and really just repeated a lot of the same concepts as the earlier books.
      To some extent the books mentioned all feel like they’re treating the same basic theme (alienation, finding your place in the world etc.) and the protagonist (thinly disguised Hesse) has something of an arc. I would start with the earliest, Demian, then Steppenwolf (1927) even though it’s later than Siddhartha (1922). It feels like the problems solved in Siddhartha are revisited in Steppenwolf, which feels like a much less enlightened work, or at least the main character is so.

  3. Here’s the real path to enlightenment:
    1. Don’t waste a minute of time on any paganism such as Buddhism.
    2. Get saved: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA8_fqUZLEU
    3. Know that you are now immortal and that this life is merely the beta test phase of existence. Watch as your cares and your emotional attachment to this life melts away.
    4. (Optional) Dedicate yourself to a higher purpose and work for the kingdom of God. Those rewards are eternal, whereas the riches in this life (be it women, money, or status) are in a constant state of decay and rot.

      1. It is the religion of the white man.
        It is written on our hearts.
        If you are not white, then it is not your true religion.

        1. wait . . what? why would the white man bother bringing Christianity to the non-white if it can’t be your true religion if you’re not white? this makes no sense . . .

        2. Not really.
          The Bible says to spread the word.
          It also says that Yeshua came only for the house of Israel, but that often gets overlooked.

        3. They are CONVERTED Christians, that is ! Hell lot of difference in following something wholeheartedly VS by luring, forcing, threatening, throwing freebies and leaving “no other option” !!

        4. Christianity is a white religion for sure…that’s why it was founded by a bunch of middle eastern jews and preaches a message of inclusiveness amongst gods children!

        5. And now religions are based on skin color !
          MEN with Pale (or de-pigmented) skin has their own religion, MEN with Black (melanin pigmented) skin has their own religion, MEN with Brown (light melanin pigmented) skin has their own religion, MEN with yellow skin has their own religion !!!
          Sorry if I have left out any skin “colors” ! Damn the german doctor Johann F. Blumenbach !!

        6. Youre lack of biblical history is pretty clear.
          the word Jew comes from Judea.
          Jerusalem is in Judea.
          The people living in an around Judea were judeans.
          Yeshua was from Galilee.
          Galilee is not in Judea.
          Wanna try again?

        7. Are you going to deny the uniquely close relationship the European peoples had with Christianity and their role in spreading it to other countries?
          Are you going to deny that “Christendom” refers to Europe?

        8. nah that’s ok, I can just find the ignorant, dumbass, humorless, echo chamber website for cunts that you get your self validating information from and mock it all on my own without any help from subhuman morons 🙂 but yeah, thanks for the offer.

        9. At that point Galilee was completely inhabited by Judeans, the Jews have no distinctions between different tribes anymore. What you just said is like saying Ravenna wasn’t a Roman city, only Rome is a roman city.

        10. So what about Ethiopia? It’s a nonwhite country that has been Christian longer than Germans could write. Are they are special exemption?

        11. There is a reason why Ethiopians are not as dark as their sub Saharan neighbors….

        12. Yea, it was atheists and pagans who deported the filthy kikes and massacred the Saracens.
          Oh, wait, no, atheist were the communists and the pagans got conquered by the Christians.
          Stay out of our way or your going to experience real white christian rage.

        13. Pride comes before the fall my friend….then again, so does summer and everyone loves summer.

        14. Yeshua said he only came for the house of Israel. What is the house (tribe) of Israel? The ones who accepted the shed blood of the lamb – the new convenant of the masiach. At that point there was no jew or gentile (ethno-cultural groups) but only Israelites or non Israelites (believers or non believers). Which means you can become an Israelite by being born again by free will.

        1. Yeshua (Christ) said “come out of her” referrring to Babylon, both literally Babylon (nwo, anti christ society) and mother Babylon the whore aka man made churches, religions etc…
          The idea behind Christianity (messianic judiaism for some) is to Iive and profess the loving word (logos). There are no rituals, clergy, heriarchy, mumbo jumbo, only communication with God. The word “church” refers to the “house” or “Lord’s house” – never mentioned as some dogmatic system of traditions and rituals aka RCC or any orgnaied religion.

    1. Haha BA, Buddhism is paganism. Those savages are a step away from sacrificing children to on the path to “enlightment”

    2. “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
      ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

    3. Wanderer.. It doesn’t matter ??
      As it says in the scripture ?
      John 14:2
      In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so,
      {a} I would have told you. I go to
      {b} prepare a place for you.
      That is, if it were not as I am telling you, that is, unless there was
      room enough not only for me, but also for you in my Father’s house, I
      would not deceive you in this way with a vain hope, but I would have
      plainly told you so.

  4. I like koans for teaching abstract spiritual truths. They are simple stories whose point isn’t immediately evident, but upon reflection you discover deeper truths.
    Here’s an example of a hacker koan (a koan to teach fundamental truths of computer science, believe it or not):

    One day, the novice asked the master, “Why do we continue to use the command line when graphical user interfaces have become so clean?”
    The master looked at the novice and poked his shoulder. The novice looked confused.
    The master then poked the shoulder twice, and looked at the novice with some concern on his face. The novice continued to be confused.
    The master then shrugged, picked up the novice, and dropped him in the recycle bin.
    The novice was enlightened.

  5. These Germans attempt to “find” themselves in paganism when they have a perfectly fine model in Catholism and Christianity. Their heretic model of Lutherism was bull and caused the massive apostasy and mess you see in Germany today.

    1. “And so the German spirit, carousing in music, in wonderful creations of sound, and wonderful beauties of feeling and mood that were never pressed home to reality, has left the greater part of its gifts to decay. None of us intellectuals is at home in reality. We are strange to it and hostile.
      Assiduous and busy, care-ridden and light-hearted, intelligent and yet thoughtless, these butterflies lived a life at once childlike and raffiné; independent, not to be bought by every one, finding their account in good luck and fine weather, in love with life and yet clinging to it far less than the bourgeois, always ready to follow a fairy prince to his castle, always certain, though scarcely conscious of it, that a difficult and sad end was in store for them.”
      ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

    2. While pagan gods slew hydras and frost giants; fucked beautiful women and fathered scores of hero sons…Jesus the Jew fed the poor, cured the sick and saved whores. Yeah, sounds like a perfectly fine model to me too.
      Hate to break it to you but you can be Christian all you like but the fact is Christianity is not a European religion. It’s foreign, just like Islam and everything Islam is doing now Christianity has already done in the past.

  6. “So she thoroughly taught him that one cannot take pleasure without giving pleasure, and that every gesture, every caress, every touch, every glance, every last bit of the body has its secret, which brings happiness to the person who knows how to wake it. She taught him that after a celebration of love the lovers should not part without admiring each other, without being conquered or having conquered, so that neither is bleak or glutted or has the bad feeling of being used or misused.”
    ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

  7. I remember when i read Steppenwolf that it was very hard to start reading and get into the first pages as the action semmed disorderly, but after I got into it it was an enlightening experience. My best friend recommended me Sidharta a while back, I need to get my hands on it.

  8. Unrelated, but I will attending an event tomorrow at which an Australian state parliamentary minister for “women’s affairs” (and “aging” and “youth affairs”, and at least half-a-dozen other things) will be present.
    Any messages for her?

  9. Excellent. I know I have written on Islam a lot for ROK and see it in a more positive light than most (I can separate the religion from the people/culture that are currently destroying it)… but I have also done a LOT of reading on Buddhism from my martial arts training. (Zen coming closest to the pure masculine interpretation of it.)
    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Buddhist application to one’s life from a no-nonsense, direct appeal to reality. (I.e. no hipster shit).
    Ruling Your World

  10. I would expect a loser like you to indulge in all manner of dumb, faggy spiritual nonsense on the path toward accepting being a loser who can’t get a girlfriend.

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