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Hermann Hesse
“Nothing is harder yet nothing is more necessary, than to speak of certain things whose existence is neither demonstrable nor probable. The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence and to the possibility of being born.

Spoken by Albertus Secundus in "Das Glasperlenspiel”
Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game

Plato
“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”
Plato, The Republic

Hermann Hesse
“Loneliness is the way by which destiny endeavors to lead man to himself.”
Hermann Hesse

Shunryu Suzuki
“In zazen, leave your front door and your back door open. Let thoughts come and go. Just don't serve them tea.”
Shunryu Suzuki

“Just as we build a house or a cathedral with the same kind of stone, so we may use the same common and homely metaphors and images to convey truths on widely separated planes of discourse. ...And the highest is often best conveyed in terms of the lowest... In exploring the highest reaches of experience, we need a language as fresh and living as the truths with which we are in contact. For most mystics, this is the language of nerve tips.

E.W.F. Tomlin on Simone Weil's use of language.”
E.W.F. Tomlin

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