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HERMAN HESSE ~ THE WRITTEN WORD

“Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.” ― Hermann Hesse

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EMIL NOLDE ~ AN ILLUMINATING LIFE

“Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties” Emil Nolde  (1867-1956) Mask Still Life III 1911 Irises and Poppies

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THOMAS MANN ~ ON LIFE

“And for its part, what was life? Was it perhaps only an infectious disease of matter—just as the so-called spontaneous generation of matter was perhaps only an illness, a cancerous stimulation of the immaterial?” — Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

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HERMANN HESSE ~ REALITY

There’s no reality except the one contained within us. That’s why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.” Hermann Hesse

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GOETHE ~ THE LONELY SOUL

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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BACH ~ ON MUSIC

“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” Johann Sebastian Bach German composer and musician (1685-1750)

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THOMAS MANN ~ ON SOLITUDE

“Solitude produces originality, bold and astonishing beauty, poetry. But solitude also produces perverseness, the disproportionate, the absurd and the forbidden.” Thomas Mann (Death in Venice)

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THOMAS MANN ~ ON WRITING

“A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Thomas Mann

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