Hesse: For Trees Eyes Only

This is a wonderful quote from Herman Hesse, which i take to heart. When i was in my second year of college i read his Siddhartha and it changed my life. The religious path i had followed through my childhood and youth sloughed off like a snake skin. I went on to read every book of his i could. I love the analogy of a tree related to one’s life. I like to say that no one criticizes the way a tree’s branched grow this way and that way depending on its environment and the weather. Thus no one should criticize anothers life as they are not that tree. If you his the HH link at the bottom it leads to a large series of other wonderful quotes too.For some reason Uncle Tree has comments on this post closed, so i hope he reads this. Thank you. Enjoy, think, and Blessed Be.

Uncle Tree's House

a favorite author Hesse

“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the…

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  1. Thank you for sharing! :) I’m with you here. After reading Siddhartha I went on to read most of his novels, short stories, fairy tales, essays, poetry, and autobiography. He may be the reason I chose to stick with Uncle Tree, instead of using my real name, Keith Alan Watson.

    Have a great Sunday! Cheerz, UT

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