Klein and Wagner

In his room, awakening from a doze, he reached for a small volume of Schopenhauer that lay on his night table… He opened it at random and read a sentence: “Whenever we look back upon the portion of life’s road we have traversed, and when we fix our gaze upon our unfortunate steps in particular, along with their consequences, we often do not understand how we were able to do this or omit that; so that it appears as if an alien power guided our steps. Goethe says in Egmont: Man thinks he directs his life, leads himself; but his innermost being is irresistibly drawn in the direction of his destiny.”

-“Klein and Wagner,” Klingsor’s Last Summer, Hermann Hesse



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