‘Nothing ever happens by chance,’ he answered. ‘Here, only the right guests meet. This is the Hermetic Circle….’
– Hermann Hesse, Record of Two Friendships
What can I say about such a man? He is my mentor and one of a few who continues to guide me on my path in life.
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) received the Goethe Prize of Frankfurt in 1946 and the Peace Prize of the German Booksellers in 1955. A complete edition of his works in six volumes appeared in 1952; a seventh volume (1957) contains essays and miscellaneous writings. Beschwörungen (1955) [Evocations], a volume of late prose, and his correspondence with Romain Rolland (1954) were published separately. The Glass Bead Game garnered Hesse the Nobel Prize in Literature 1946 “for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style”.
You must find your dream, then the way becomes easy. But there is no dream that lasts forever, each dream is followed by another, and one should not cling to any particular one.