Wednesday, November 02, 2011


"For like every great idea it has no real beginning; rather, it has always been, at least the idea of it. We find it foreshadowed, as dim ANTICIPATION and hope, in a good many earlier ages."

" When the world is at peace, when all things are tranquil and all men obey their superiors in all their courses, then music can be perfected. Perfect music has has its cause. It arises from equilibrium. Equilibrium arises from righteousness, and righteousness arises from the meaning of cosmos. Therefore one can speak about music only with a man who has perceived the meaning of the cosmos."

" Has the gain been worth the countless victims? Has our present structure of the life of the mind been sufficiently developed, and is it likely to endure long enough, to justify as worthwhile sacrifices all the sufferings, convulsions, and abnormalities; the trials of heretics, the burning at stakes, the many "geniuses" who ended in madness or suicide? For us, it is not permissible to ask these questions."

- Hesse