When I take a long look at my life, as though from outside, it does not appear particularly happy.
Yet I am even less justified in calling it unhappy, despite all its mistakes. After all, it is foolish to keep probing for happiness or unhappiness, for it seems to me it would be hard to exchange the unhappiest days of my life for all the happy ones.
If what matters in a person's existence is to accept the inevitable consciously, to taste the good and bad to the full and make for oneself a more individual, unaccidental and inward destiny alongside one's external fate, then my life has been neither empty nor worthless. Even if, as it is decreed by the gods, fate has inexorably trod over my external existence as it does with everyone, my inner life has been of my own making.
I deserve its sweetness and bitterness and accept full responsibility for it.
- Hermann Hesse, Gertrude
2013 EDITION (ISSUE NO. 18)
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