Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

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by Hermann Hesse

Philosophical novel Spiritual fiction Self-discovery Spiritual enlightenment The nature of wisdom The search for meaning

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Siddhartha is an allegorical novel written by Hermann Hesse and published in 1922. The novel tells us about the life of a Hindu, son of a Brahman, named Siddharta.

Siddhartha searches for his path in life accompanied by Govinda, his best friend. Both decide to spend some time with the men of religious soul called Samanas, so they leave their families.

These men live with hardly any material possessions, meditating and surviving with what they find along the way. With them, the boys earn to meditate and fast.

After spending some time with the Samanas, they decide to go see Buddha (Gotama). There Govinda decides to join the group, so Siddhartha must follow his path alone, vitally alone, making a pilgrimage to a city where he will meet the young and beautiful Kamala, a fact that will change everything...

The novel unifies lyrical and epic elements, including narration and meditation, and at the same time, stark sensuality.

This digital edition of the book Siddhartha is based on the transcript found in Project Gutenberg. The translators are Gunther Olesch, Anke Dreher, Amy Coulter, Stefan Langer and Semyon Chaichenets.


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About Hermann Hesse

Hermann Karl Hesse was a poet, novelist, and painter who was born in Germany.

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The best Siddhartha quotes

And—such is my thinking, o Exalted One—no one attains deliverance through teaching!


Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.


You, Venerable One, may indeed be a seeker, for, striving toward your goal, there is much you do not see which is right before your eyes.


To listen with a still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions.


Siddhartha has one single goal-to become empty, to become empty of thirst, desire, dreams, pleasure and sorrow-to let the Self die. No longer to be Self, to experience the peace of an emptied heart, to experience pure thought-that was his goal.

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