Herman HesseHerman Hesse, (1877-1962) German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter

Herman Hesse Quote

“Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish.”

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~ Herman Hesse


Ratings and Comments

sara, toronto

the novel siddartha greatly affected me as a teenager and changed the way that i looked at life. it taught me exactly that. it taught me that experience, wisdom cannot be taught, one must experience it themselves. "It is a good thing to experience everything oneself...As a child I learned that pleasures of the world and riches were not good. I have known it for a long time, but I have only just experienced it. Now I know it not only with my intellect, but with my ears, with my heart, with my stomach. It is a good thing that I know this."


Wisdom is not something you teach - wisdom is the soul of the heart and can only be understood by its owner. A wise man never aswers a students question of why or what instead you are given a task.

E Archer, NYC

A wise man knows himself to be a fool. ;-)

Ken, Allyn, WA

Certainly there is nothing quite like first hand experience to make one wise. However, first hand experience can also give you scars to go along with it. A wiser man will accept instruction from those who have gone before him and not have to experience the cuts, bruises, and burns.


Good point Ken, though in the instructions the wise man also provides warnings

Mike, Norwalk

On occasion, communication is recognized as deriving from wisdom. By what scale is a "wise man" determined wise. Marx may be considered wise to many  he was NOT; Marx was an educated buffoon and erroneously intellectual. Standing in truth, faith knowledge, love, individual sovereignty, inalienable rights, liberty and nature's law, being wisdom  is (sounds and otherwise) foolish to patrons of the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land.


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