Hermann Hesse, Narcissus & Goldmund (Be Yourself)

“…[T]he thinker tries to determine and to represent the nature of the world through logic. He knows that reason and its tool, logic, are incomplete – the way an intelligent artist knows full well that his brushes or chisels will never be able to express perfectly the radiant nature of an angel or a saint. Still they both try, the thinker as well as the artist, each in his way. They cannot and may not do otherwise. Because when a man tries to realize himself through the gifts with which nature has endowed him, he does the best and only meaningful thing he can do. That’s why, in former days, I often said to you: don’t try to imitate the thinker or the ascetic man, but be yourself, try to be yourself.”

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